Jerry enjoys shaking hands, bipedal ambulation, and long evenings staring out the window.
A group of four of us (Feldenkrais classmates & colleagues) including one excellent craftsman with an amazing workshop full of all the right tools got together and made a series of adaptations to our skeletons in order to be able to study and demonstrate the way in which the human skeleton actually moves. The process of adaptation we followed was initially developed by Dr John Chester, a retired orthopedic surgeon and Feldenkrais practitioner.
Here are a few pictures of the process:
As a massage therapist, I've most often studied movement from the perspective of the soft tissue. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The bones have significance in that study, but primarily because they provide the location of the attachment sites. From this perspective, we think about the muscles making particular actions, and these muscular actions create all of the various movements that we do.
In the Feldenkrais Method, there is far greater importance placed on the study of the skeleton and understanding how the skeletal structure makes movement possible.
I've known the names of all the bones in the body for as long as I can remember. But working with Jerry and exploring realistic and effective joint function, the way one bone moves in relationship to another, has uncovered multiple deeper layers of just how cool our bodies really are. It's been an exceedingly worthwhile process in the development of my own understanding of the body.
I hope you'll enjoy meeting Jerry at your next appointment. :)
And if you've had a body or movement question that you've been afraid to ask or have never received a satisfactory explanation about, be sure to ask me.
Ask me your hardest questions. The questions I don't know the answers to yet are some of the best questions for me to hear. I also have access to an amazing number of colleagues and mentors who can help me unravel the answers I still need to discover.
And then, I can share them with you!
Don't have an appointment set up? You can also send me your questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.