Balance and Dynamic Posture in Everyday Movement

-From birth to athletic and artistic performance, to old age


A Feldenkrais Method workshop conducted by Thomas Farnbacher.

Praktisk informasjon

Kurs i Feldenkraismetoden lørdag og søndag 7 og 8. oktober i regi av NFAFP, undervist av Thomas Farnbacher.

Tid og dato: 7 – 8. oktober kl. 09.30 – 16.00.

Sted: Rom for Dans
Marstrandgata 8, 0566 Oslo
(Inngang: Stockholmgata)

Full pris: 3200 kr.
Tidlig påmeldingsrabatt før 1. september: 2400 kr
Rabatt for studenter, uføre, pensjonister: 2300 kr.

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Balance and dynamic posture in everyday movement

Balance is an important skill and capacity for all humans in any activity.

This is obvious in everyday activities such as standing, walking, and running. Our balance is challenged even more so when walking up and down stairs, in uneven terrain, skiing, skating, martial arts, dancing, and obviously walking on a slack line!

We can observe that at the beginning of life when balance develops, babies are falling a lot in order to learn to balance, falling, and getting up to try again, exploring, trying new movement variations, and expanding the range of potential movements to make and situations to master.

Towards the end of life when abilities decrease, many elderly people develop difficulties in basic activities such as walking, and the fear of falling is evident in many. The variation of movements decreases and becomes more limited. In our time, due to the increase in passive activity in front of screens, we see this even in very young people.

By practicing the Feldenkrais method, we can learn to keep and increase our capacity to move, with ease and comfort, and any age, for more enjoyment and an increased sense of freedom.

Balance is also fascinating from the perspective of the physics of movement, an important but often forgotten part of the Feldenkrais method. Humans when standing have a very high center of gravity, and our bodies have the properties of a reverse pendulum. This means we while standing, are in a state of an unstable equilibrium or unstable balance.

Functional Integration

This also means that we have a very dynamic posture, where movement in all directions from a standing position is very easy. To initiate movement in walking, we don’t have to lift our body weight against gravity. Instead, we just have to release our body weight in the desired direction, and movement happens easily. Great performers in sports and dance also skillfully use their body weight effectively to make movement efficient and graceful.

From this workshop and the Feldenkrais method, you will gain a basic, embodied understanding of balance and improve your quality of movement, both in everyday movement and in your choice of recreational movement, dance, or sport.

In this workshop we do a series of movement explorations, ATMs, Awareness Through Movement lessons. These lessons help us explore and improve our balance and movement in everyday activities. We will also talk about the role of the vestibular system, the eyes, and the antagonistic relationship of muscles in a practical way. To improve balance, we make the abstract concrete and possible to experience in the Awareness Through Movement lessons.

About Thomas Farnbacher

Thomas Farnbacher

Thomas directs FELDENKRAIS® trainings, leads post graduates seminars, and public workshops, and works as a practitioner for individual lessons (Functional Integration) including for special needs children.  His professional background is in physical therapy, working with special needs children, martial arts, dance, and massage.

In the fields of somatics, salutogenesis and body-oriented psychotherapy, “Educating the Educator” became his most inspired occupation. The most satisfying for him is to see people thriving and becoming more and more embodied-being more and more of their own selves.