Does your baby like tummy time? Feldenkrais Method’s point of view!

Does your baby like tummy time? Most don’t, for good reason. Until infants are able to roll into the tummy position on their own, most of them find it uncomfortable, immobilizing, and no doubt highly discouraging.

But rather than listen to our babies, we are asked to put our faith in recent studies about plagiocephaly (flat-headedness), studies that don’t take into account the fact that infants are now spending more time than ever in restrictive devices (like car seats, bouncy seats and carriers) that inhibit babies from doing what they are naturally inclined to do: round out the back of their heads by turning them from side to side.

Instead, the back position and rousingly successful “Back to Sleep” campaign (which has cut the SIDS rate in the US in half since it began in 1992) have been named as the culprits. So, rather than understand these studies as a reflection of the need for more free movement and floor time during the baby’s waking hours, many experts have concluded that imposing tummy time is the answer.

In this insightful guest post, Irene Lyon, a Feldenkrais and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (and producer/director of the world renowned “Baby Liv” video), sheds light on the valuable developmental processes hindered when tummy time is imposed early, and helps us see tummy time from our baby’s point of view.

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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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Choosing the Path of Least Resistance (Feldenkrais Method)

Choosing the Path of Least Resistance (Feldenkrais Method)

“I enjoyed the gentle quality of the class,” remembers Rarick.

The practice of moving with less effort and finding the path of least resistance is at odds with the music world.

“Musicians have compulsive and perfectionist tendencies. We need to be that way to examine the detail of the work we do. If you tell a musician to do it 5 times they will do it 20 times. They are wired to think more is more. Push it more and get it is the motto. We perform under stress and we have to be consistent. The Feldenkrais Method helps you to deal with that situation,” states Rarick. “Because we are small muscle athletes this is important.”

“What Feldenkrais does is help you to understand the direct path to a goal that is not always the best path. Sometimes indirect can be more powerful than direct. The Feldenkrais work shows that to you in a way that you can understand. You can’t make a mistake in a Feldenkrais lession. It’s OK to not be perfect. When you finish a lesson you feel relaxed and calm and you notice you are much more grounded.”

Russell Delman Explains The Feldenkrais Method®

International Feldenkrais Trainer, Russell Delman, offers an overview of The Feldenkrais Method and a tribute to Moshe Feldenkrais. Mr. Delman explains why The Feldenkrais Method is the most effective way to break up compulsive patterns and promote the evolution of human functioning. He offers the latest in neuroscience research that supports this incredible work.

Posture: A delicate balance between what we are inside and what we are outside

Posture: A delicate balance between what we are inside and what we are outside

Posture: A delicate balance between what we are inside and what we are outside

The posture is the relationship between what we are “inside” and what we are “outside”. A delicate and fragile balance! Our postural condition is influenced by numerous factors: mechanical, chemical, electromagnetic (trauma, scarring, poor nutrition, postural defects, malocclusions, altered visual function, glasses inadequate, unhealthy environment, electrosmog, geopatie, etc.). But our emotional life plays an equally important rule for our features: the “weight” of our emotions, fears, failures, grudges, anger, aggression, impotence, have the power to deform us creating major changes in our “postural cloak.”

The “muscle chains” represent the expression with which all the “information” above, materialize, shaping our form, limiting our movements … our freedom.

During the lessons it is not enough to “rebalance” the muscle activity; we must remember that behind each form, each armor, in addition to the trauma, the scars, the malocclusion, fears and conflicts, there is … a soul, a heart that beats.

(from an article of D. Raggi).

How can the The Feldenkrais Method® help people with scoliosis?


The Feldenkrais method® is based on the evidence that everyone has a different type of intelligence and one of these, mentioned by Feldenkrais as the Kinesthetic intelligence, is responsible for our feeling balanced and coordinated in space. For Feldenkrais scoliosis usually starts in a young age, much before the time in which it expresses itself. Already at the age of 6, under a close examination you can find the precursor of a future scoliosis and it is at this age that the child should start receiving lessons in order to develop this very fine type of intelligence that other children have developed. In any case through the Feldenkrais Method it is always possible to reorganise the posture in a better and more functional way: this means that a student can correct the scoliosis or integrate it in order to make it functional. This will allow one to use the body in a more efficient, effortless and painless way. Besides, the above analysis is true not only regarding scoliosis but also all other possible deviations from the optimal posture (khyphosis, Lordosis, etc).

By Massimo Galli