Would you like to like yourself more? and other juicy questions…

A few years back I created the Heal Your Mojo telesummit and one my guest speakers was Alan Questel, who is a star teacher in the Feldenkrais World.

I’d like to share a bit about Alan and his work with you today.

Alan got started in Feldenkrais through his own back injury. Most people don’t know this but Alan and I went to college together and studied acting. When he was an actor, to make money, he also had a construction business. It was our acting teacher that had introduced us to Feldenkrais.

Being initially skeptical of Feldenkrais, he saw a chiropractor for his back pain instead but the pain was worse. He then had sciatica, so thought he’d try this Feldenkrais guy.

Initially feeling the treatment was a waste of time and money, when the treatment was finished, he got up and had no pain. He was shocked. After the third treatment Alan pursued Feldenkrais and it has been part of his life for over 30 years now.

Alan says “The contact a Feldenkrais practitioner makes is skeletal. Movements are very small. We’re looking for the smallest change in quality that’s usually indicative of someone’s movement habits.”

Here are some great tips from Alan on how to become more skeletal:

  • Pay attention to your relationship to the ground.
  • Sit in a chair.
  • As you stand up, actually notice your feet pushing into the floor. Having that new focus will change something.
  • Try it when rising from your bed.
  • Instead of rolling over in bed, push against the mattress or surface you’re lying on and simply notice. How does that influence your sense of yourself in rolling?
  • Re: self-image Alan reminds us that often we wait to get uncomfortable to get comfortable. He reminds us that as children we were constantly moving towards a greater state of comfort. Food for thought!
  • That if we like ourselves – a good inquiry is this: “Would you like to like yourself more?” Notice your internal response to that question.
    And get more skeletal!
  • Be kind and gentle with yourself.

Sound somewhat familiar? Well, if you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ll recognize how Alan’s work is in alignment with mine. And, I wonder now…which of his suggestions started you thinking, feeling, imagining, creating? Let me know!

Alan Questel is known for his clarity, creativity, and down-to- earth style of teaching while bringing a depth of understanding, humor and a gentle human perspective to learning the method. Trained by Dr. Feldenkrais, he teaches his Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in the USA and Australia, Europe, Japan and South America. He’s all over the place.

He is the author of “Creating Creativity: Embodying the Creative Process,” and he’s also the creator of “Pregnant Pauses: Movement for Moms.” (they’re DVDs). He has also done numerous Feldenkrais “Awareness Through Movement” CD set for the Public.

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