Donna Eshelman: Seven Keys to Skilled Movement

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KINESTHETIC PERCEPTION
Moving with Awareness
This is a new key.


Kinesthetic perception refers to how one feels one’s body moving in space. It is the key to awareness. We can only improve the way we move when we have awareness of our self, our body and our movement habits. The system in the human body that tells one its position in relationship to the outside world is called proprioception. Comprised of input to the brain from cell receptors (called proprioceptors) located in the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints, along with sensor neurons in the inner ear, it tells us about our movement and posture.

The Feldenkrais Method® enhances one's kinesthetic perception because the lessons are usually done lying on the floor. Through feeling the pressure of the bones contacting the floor, one increases awareness of which body parts are moving. One becomes aware of the many moving segments of the body previously unobserved. It is now not just the "back" moving, but the "segments of the spine between the shoulder blades." By moving very slowly, with awareness, we develop kinesthetic perception of our body moving in space and in relationship to the environment. This learning is not about isolating parts of yourself. It is just the opposite--sensing yourself moving as a whole unit. Only when you know where you are in space and are aware of how you are moving can you change it, improve it, and advance your skill.

 

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