Sitting Babies Up: Downside effects

“Time and time again I have asked parents, “How old were you when you learned to sit?” So far, nobody could remember. What is the benefit of early sitting? Why are so many people hooked on concepts such as “sooner is better”? Since our life span is getting longer – why not slow down? Why are concepts such as readiness and motivation hardly mentioned?”-Gerber

“Loving parents, eager to help, may hinder their baby’s growth by aiding her to move in ways unnatural for her. I encourage you to sit back and simply observe your baby as she moves through each stage of physical development. In this way you will be able to relax and enjoy your baby, and she will be supported by your attentiveness and interest.” -Gerber

Body scientist and Feldenkrais Practitioner Irene Gutteridge (guest writer of “The Case Against Tummy Time” and producer of the famous Baby Liv videos), offers her perspective:

“Consider how hard it is for most adults to sit on the floor with their pelvis fully under them. More people are realizing how hard this is as sitting meditation becomes more “en vogue”, just as yoga made people realize how short their hamstrings are. But, if you give a kid the chance to find their own way to sitting it means they have properly engineered their bodies in the best way possible “for them” through their own discovery and movement, and of course learning how to form curves in their spine and hips, how to find the flexibility in their ankle and knee joints. When given the chance to do it on their own, it is a gradual organic process and the “form” follows the functionality.”

“Giving infants, even if they have developmental delays, the freedom to move in accordance with their innate impulses may seem radical, but it is essential to their becoming persons with uncompromised self esteem.”                                                                                                         –Ruth Anne Hammond, Respecting Babies

“The learning process will play a major role in the whole later life of the human being. Through this kind of development, the infant learns his ability to do something independently, through patient and persistent effort. While learning during motor development to turn on his belly, to roll, to creep, sit, stand, and walk, he is not only learning those movements, but also *how to learn*.  He learns to do something on his own, to be interested, to try out, to experiment. He learns to overcome difficulties. He comes to know the joy and satisfaction that is derived from his success, the result of his patience and persistence.” – Dr. Emmi Pikler, Peaceful Babies – Contented Mothers

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Thank you for coming to the Introductory seminar of the Feldenkrais Method – Bodycentric

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A great day at Bodycentric and a great thanks to all the students who came for this introductory seminar of the Feldenkrais Method: we have made three very interesting ATMs starting making the spine flexible, then Training the Flexors – “Elbow to Knee” and we ended with the third ATM: “Rolling to Sit” in which we have learned to get to sit in an effortless and easy way.

Thanks for the feedbacks that I received from the students.

I hope to see you soon again for an other workshop.

Massimo
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Why should I try the Feldenkrais Method®?

Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity

Scientists have proved that the brain changes while learning.

This process is called Neuroplasticity (from neural – pertaining to the nerves and/or brain and plastic – moldable or changeable in structure), also known as brain plasticity, and it refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury.

Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.

The Feldenkrais Method® is based on this idea, the idea of being able to change the way of thinking, of moving and of behaving by introducing in your neuro-system new efficient ways to use your body in a more functional way.

The Feldenkrais Method® is easy: the lessons use basic everyday words, the touch is gentle and communicative, you are encouraged to cherish comfort and to reduce effort. The old idea of «No pain no gain» makes chaos in the nervous system and effort in the body. It should be thrown out from the daily vocabular, and we can show you how.

The Feldenkrais Method® is efficient: it has a reputation for helping people when everyone else failed. But you don’t have to be injured or helpless to have benefit from the method. We work with musicians, dancers and athletes which just want to perform better. Feldenkrais method is efficient because it uses the principles from physics, physiology, learning theory, psychology and brain science.

The Feldenkrais Method® is safe: movements are done slowly with lot of rests and you’re encouraged to avoid mechanical, unaware repetitions which are often cause of injuries, discomfort and pain. The basic skill of the method is learning to keep the movement in range of safety and ease, limits where curiosity and learning process can be activated.

The Feldenkrais Method® is evident: everyone learns in his own time but you can notice and appreciate changes already after your first group or individual lesson.

The Feldenkrais Method® is flexible: There are hundreds of lessons and strategies and everyone of them can be adapted to fit for every individual’s requests and abilities.

The Feldenkrais Method® is interesting: People often complain about boring excercises. It uses the fact that the nervous system is attracted by new sensations. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais created Awareness through movement® (ATM) and Functional integration® (FI) by using non habitual movement patterns made from different variations to regain function and vitality.

By Massimo Galli