Here is one way to get up and down from the floor. This is a great process from Ruthy Alon’s Movement Intelligence and Bones for Life work. Spiraling up and down is rooted in martial arts. Dr. Feldenkrais passed on many ways to get up and down from the ground in his approach. Ruthy Alon, a senior trainer in the Feldenkrais Method, took one of these and made it clearer and perhaps more accessible. The wisdom of the spiral threads through her Movement Intelligence approach with beauty and grace. I think of the spiral in the DNA, the muscles, the bones and yes in movement.
In this process, you are certainly learning how to get up and down from the floor, but also exploring how to turn your body around a central axis; learning to become light on the feet; to reverse the relationship of the head and pelvis, the capacity to fold into instead of brace against, and even to coordinate the use of the eyes. All important take aways. All-in-all spiral to stand is not only elegant, but can give a person with knee pain options for getting up and down.
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