The physics of Feldenkrais Part 4: Axes, levers, struts and strain

Finding movement

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July 3, 2008 - 7:45AM -- ctheuring
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Journal Article




United States (2001)


his installment, the fourth in a series, presents information useful in harnessing the principles of physics to bodywork and movement therapy. It also provides encouragement towards developing skeletal awareness . This 'felt-sense' may help bind a better resolution of the spatial relationships of the human locomotor frame. In turn, this conception may assist in applying the Principle of Least Effort to good effect. Gravity, an unseen force of constant direction and intensity, may be another ally in our use of the Principle of Least Effort. An abstraction, the centre of gravity, may be useful in refining our sense of self as we orient and move through space. Leverage is the last concept presented; the fulcrum and common forms of leverage in the body are presented along with the idea of axes of rotation and instantaneous axes of rotation.


<p>Hannon, J.C. (2001). The physics of Feldenkrais Part 4: Axes, levers, struts and strain. <em>Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies</em>, 5(2), 132-145.</p>