Turn to Learn! Healthy Spinal Rotations

Mar 11, 2023 | Newsletter

“Suffering begins when you mentally label a situation as bad. That causes an emotional contraction. When you let it be, without naming it, enormous power is available to you. The contraction cuts you off from that power, the power of life itself.” — Eckhart Tolle.

Learn to Turn

Good rotational movement keeps you healthy and highly functional. You rely on it for everyday activities, walking, and athletic or dance performances. However, bad postural and movement habits can significantly alter our spinal motion leading to injuries, pain, and many difficulties from head to toe.

Investing time to learn how to turn your body can be a missing component to your full recovery and healing. Whether it’s a bunion (yes, even bunions have something to do with faulty body twists!), over-pronated/supinated foot, chronic ankle sprain, knee, hip, sacral or spinal trouble, this course is for you! 

Through gentle, guided movement lessons, you will experience how improving spinal rotations can bring increased comfort, ease, and agency to all of your activities. You will also discover how learning new ways of turning can be part of a healthy pain relief, management, and maintenance plan.

Your truly’s story 

Not only do I see the issues of rotations with my clients, but I know them from personal experience. Habitual and less-than-ideal weight bearing while turning was part of what led to my ACL tear when playing basketball in my 40s. While the surgery successfully made the knee stable, it didn’t make it perfect or completely pain-free. Occasional flare-ups, swelling, soreness, or a plain ouch is a reality for many of us recovering from injuries. Regular practice of basic lessons in turning helps me keep my knee and my fencing training on track. Those essential lessons help me optimize movements and reduce wear and tear from my habitual ways of moving.

Turn to Learn

Each lesson in the Healthy Spinal Rotations Special Focus Course —and all Feldenkrais lessons—is, at its core, a brain’s problem-solving activity. We look for solutions to movement challenges through sensing and feeling; by being present, slowing down, reducing effort, noticing small differences, making distinctions, and calming our knee-jerk reaction to achieve or go to the limit.

You will learn to understand your habits, hone your awareness, respond to problems, and discover new ways to approach them. Learning resources can help you get a steering wheel back in your hands. These are universal tools that will last you a lifetime! 

Our injuries, struggles, and difficulties can bring out the best in us. Let’s practice together.

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