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An Effortless Way to Relieve Holiday Stress

A simple exercise from the teachings of the Feldenkrais Method of Movement is a good way to respond to stress instead of fidgeting while standing in line at the supermarket or airport. Stress is everywhere but it is how you respond to it that makes the difference between feeling good and freaking out.

The gentle, slow movement and directed attention of the Feldenkrais teachings quiets the nervous system. Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner Carol Siddiqi, of Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, in Breinigsville, says, “Here is an example of how to release stress while waiting in line: shift the weight on your right foot along the outside, then to the ball of the foot, continue to the inside and then finally to the heel, making a circle. Do this consciously. It is important to do each movement in a way that is easy and comfortable using as little muscular effort as possible. Do each movement slowly, relax and exhale and rest in between. This precisely structured movement involves thinking, sensing, moving, feeling and imagining. And away goes the stress!”

This method of movement is helpful in dealing with central nervous system conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and stroke. Musicians, actors and artists can extend their abilities and enhance their creativity, and it is a great way for seniors to retain or regain their ability to move without strain or discomfort. It not only works with the nervous system, but the whole person.

Location: 628 Twin Ponds Rd. For more information or to register for a class or private session, call 610-683-3406.

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