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Solutions for optimal mobility
Self-care strategies for targeted functional limitations

The Solutions Program
Ruthy Alon Ph.D.
Based on Feldenkrais approach to somatic Learning

N.H, USA 2014

Movement Processes

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                                         Lower back

Base Determines Structure,
Adjusting Equilibrium and Quality of Moving


Feet Videos:


1.   Re-vitalizing toes through controlled resistance —  Heel pulls / pushes toes
      Refreshing toes through loading pressure (WFL I #11)


2.   Discussion


3.   Straightening the toes --- Form determined by activity style  
      Altering habitual shape by reversing proximal - distal roles


4.   The potential of improving total body movement through use of toes
      in the Amphibian pattern of locomotion --- Foot movement improves neck's freedom

      Total body software Vs. local hardware


5.   Options for focusing body pressure on the foot in anti-gravity functions
      Finding the accurate location through comparing response of different locations
      by autonomous sensation


6.   Strengthening toes — Digging sand backwards
      Securing body posture in power-loaded functions


7.   Spreading toes and extending them out ---  Frustrated Ski
      Emphasizing anchoring of foot reorganizes posture to its best 


8.   Awakening the gyroscopic intelligence of feet for re-stabilizing
      vertical equilibrium -- Stepping on knots

      Establishing stability by controlled risking of balance


9.   Toes pull trunk — Trunk pulls toes
      Loading dynamic power with-in streaming movement


Shoulders, Arms and Shoulder Blades

The harmonious interaction
between the core and the periphery in the activity of human arms,
which avoid interaction with solid ground    

Shoulders, Arms and Shoulder Blades Videos:


10.   The spiral as the most effective trajectory for activating arms —
        Engaging the vertebrae and whole skeleton gradually and proportionally. 
        Releasing pain in shoulder by using spiral withdrawal of arm against resistance,
        connecting the arm to its power source in the spine.  


11.   One shoulder blade on the wall —  Articulating ribs / spine / hip / shoulder blade
        Resetting streamlined posture


12.   Lifting arm safely and relaxing both arms
        The leas resisting trajectory


13.   Flattening a shoulder from the opposite hip ---
        clarifying integral correspondence in the body network
        Minimizing un-needed effort in shoulder disposition in standing


14.   The origin of spiral movement of limbs


15.   Knees between elbows --- The Isometric factor of resistance
        Controlled resistance as means to maximizing efficiency and clarity.


16.   Bent elbows in figure-8 — arms activate torso 
        Cultivating unused potential of the arms (WFL II, #78 )


17.   Softening the rib-cage --- Hand attached to chest maneuvering ribs
        The receptivity effect of indirect contact

Lower back    

Securing a reliable bridge between upper and lower parts of the body
for an undisturbed transmission of the locomotion force

Lower Back Videos:


18.   Vulnerability of the vertical human lower back
        Bearing upper body load of 5 flexible vertebra


19.   “Pulling the cork out of the bottle” and “Hanging the picture on the wall”
        Decompression of the lower back 


20.   Differences in human bipedals Vs. quadrupeds 
        Stepping on heals or balls of feet


21.   Fists drag tissues — Emergency self-care treatment
        Releasing the lower back’s defensiveness by intentionally supporting
        its reflexive need to shorten


22.   Empowering lumbar force --- foot thrusts a strip in frontal sit-up
        Transforming vulnerability of over-loose lumbar vertebrae into a reliable
        and firm axis


23.   Half circles and pendulums in pulling out the cork and hanging the picture
        Multi-dimensional releasing the length of the lumbar segment by drawing away
        spine's polarities from each other 


24.   Diaper — passive cancellation of an over in-curved lower back
        Using body-weight to streamline the spine-pelvis bridge


25.   Total body rotation as one unit - Setting a common denominator of harmony
        Releasing lower back discomfort.


26.   One-unit rocking — Lateral oscillations, head-to-knees, in the wrap loop
        Re-locating each vertebra back to its optimal alignment by using
        one’s own body-load 


27.   One-unit rocking - demo


28.   Lateral translation of the torso on forearms — Closed cycle feedback
        The healing factor of global movement in space, without any relative movement
        between specific vertebrae


29.   Active reversal of vertebra tendency to react to challenge by in-curving  —
        Inviting a sunk in vertebrae to push out

        Clarifying orientation of the blind and weak lumbar region by feedback of touch


30.   The wrap - A loan of upright posture
        Securing alignment in dynamic movement


31.   Releasing lower back distress by providing experience of leaning
        with full contact

        Small roller diagonally along spine-hip line


32.   Intentional projecting of Sit-bone on top of heel -- Training  in optimal posture
Using a strip to sharpen self perception as greenhouse conditions  
        for learning in standing and walking


33.   Aligning the legs by articulating the spine
        Axis accommodates extremities (Barby legs)


Putting the spring in the step 
The major propulsion generator in the shock absorbing chain of the body axis
Knees Videos:


34.   Passive dandling lower legs in sitting
        The easiest release of knees stress by gravity


35.   Safe and easy getting in and out of a chair — Sparing the knee
        the peak stress at the crucial moment of taking detaching from the chair

        Navigating  the transmission of force to by-pass the knee with self  help of  hands


36.   Knee Bends / Straightens a knee
        Passivity as a learning strategy for de-programming counter-productive
        habitual patterns and enabling openness to new organization
        (BFL I, #24,   BFL II, #49) 


37.   Knee to elbow in coordination patterns of walking on all fours—
        Software vs. hardware

        Knee to same/opposite elbow for upgrading walking harmony


38.   Knees in stairs or slope --- The inclining positioning of the trunk
        to reduce confrontation with gravity

        Transforming upward orientation into horizontal propulsion 


39.   Knees in stairs - The practice
        The social consideration of giving up the uprightness


40.   Squatting — Ultimate flexion of knees while withstanding full body load
        The spiral and Sphincters which facilitates the way down and up


41.   Relieve to knees by Self massage to lower legs calfs
        Counter-Pulling tissues for providing more length for knee function


42.   Strengthening the knee in the strip — Involving the total skeleton in navigation
        of the elevated locomotion force

        Walking on Jupiter and on the moon 


43.   Lateral correction of knees alignment in relation to the spine, pelvis, toes
        Correcting direction of knees in real time and gravity of walking


44.   Re-training the Alignment of knee in relation to the factor of sit bone projection
        on top of heel

        Negotiating bio mechanical direction of knee in relation to the belly button
        and to the walking direction


45.   Interaction of knee / spine in breast stroke swimming                                               
Restoring gratified spine-leg coordination as nature meant


46.   Refreshing the knees — Shaking legs in the horse’s pattern
        Adopting solutions from the evidently proved vitality in the living world


The bottle neck of posture
The built in gyroscopic agent for vertical alignment
While also responsible for posting the periscope of senses
Neck Videos:


47.   Strategies of aligning the neck through contact, resistance
        or selective inhibition

        Self touch of hand as an instrument for clarity and mechanical change,
        which the body does not know how to do by itself


48.   Strengthening the neck in tapping the head — Rhythmic pulsations
        reinforces structure resistance

        Applying  power only after first securing consistent and safe trajectory
        of body alignment (   BFL I  #8 )


49.   Skull / jaw differentiation — Activating the Axis & Atlas vertebrae
        Systematic articulating of every level of skull - neck relationship


50.   Head / Chest Zigzag — The lateral dimension of spine movement
        Moving upper spine with neck through space as one unit to elicit articulation
        in the stiff zone of spine between the shoulder blades ( WFL II, #15)


51.   The Indian dance gesture - Lateral translation of neck
        The uncommon dimension of neck


52.   Ironing neck by full body weight in plough position
        The ultimate correction of neck for those who can do it


53.   Drawing out the neck from the basement of the skull - Hand in hand in the strip
        Contribution of gravity to personal height


54.   Aligning the neck with a feather touch — Back of fingers maneuvers cheek’s skin
        The gentler way for posting the head in spontaneous perfection   
( WFL I, #44 )    

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