Freedom to move?

This is a lovely montage of a little baby named Liv doing what babies do during their first year of life, exploring their environment and learning the essential skills to be able walk, run jump and play.


It starts with her finding her limbs and their connection to the floor, wriggling, shifting weight and beginning to roll.

Repetition and periods of pausing (rest) help her developing nervous system and brain integrate by laying down little road maps or patterns of movement for an active daily life.

It is these first beginnings that form the initial movement patterns that someone would explore and be taught while learning many somatic movement forms, this one relates most closely to a Feldenkrais.

Many of these concepts and skills are incorporated into Pilates classes especially the somatic ones. Finding the floor under you, finding the support the environment gives you so that you can move.

Repetition that is driven by curiosity, patience and exploration is also important so that all movements can become easier and more refined.

With thanks to Irene Lyon, who originally posted this enchanting film. She is a Canadian therapeutic coach and nervous system specialist (yep, I had to look it up too) certified in the Feldenkrais Method and Somatic Experiencing.