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Bones For Life®
Australia
Movement intelligence
Jennifer Groves
Bones For Life

Working smarter

not harder
Images

Warning images in this
presentation depict elders past
BFL Founder

RUTHY ALON in 2010
What is Bones for Life?
 BONES FOR LIFE is an evolution of the work of
Moshe Feldenkrais - its founder is Ruthy Alon

 B...
What is Bones for Life?
BFL uses early developmental and evolutionary learning
to restructure posture, alignment and stabi...
What is Bones For Life?
academic learning – organic learning

•BFL influences how you inter react
with the environment, wi...
Effortless Sitting
Process 1

 Process sitting in Chair
 Push floor down & away
 Cross Knees (or ankles)
 Hands behind...
What is Bones For Life?

 BFL is ‘building relationships‘

 SYSTEMS skeletal/muscular/thinking/sphincter/
neurological r...
BFL Is Family Joint Therapy
 BFL is ‘family‘ joint therapy. Rather than working on a
specific joint and its dysfunctional...
What Is Good Posture?
What does it mean to you?
Well Meaning Advice
 Stand up straight (mother)
 Sit up straight and be ‘still’ (teacher)
 Shoulders back (choreographe...
BFL models indigenous
uprightness
African women have the world’s lowest incidence
of bone fractures.
BLF: African Water Carrier‘s Walk

Carrying this developmental wave forward, BFL models the
rhythmic gait of the African w...
SUSTAINABLE POSTURE
How do we tune our instrument?

 Working smarter not harder – 20 % effort builds bone
 Our nervous system learns by ease...
How do we tune our instrument?
Pressure Generating = builds bones

 Along the vertical line
 Curved line
 Diagonal line...
Bounce On Heels
Bouncing on heels (BOH) is the ‗bread & butter‘ of the
Bones For Life program
Mikulin – a Russian Space En...
Bounce On Heels
 As we age, bone loss occurs. Deterioration happens
when an imbalance between cleansing and nourishing
oc...
Bounce On Heels
PROCESS 2

 Sitting – BOH – with variations

 Goat Skipping – with variations

PRESSURE GENERATING FORCE...
Organizing movement around the
sensation of lengthening
 Lengthening is the primary focus in
Bones For Life® - but as a r...
Wave and Axis
Caduceus

Wide Supports Wave
•Hand on head
•Silken scarf
•Marengo in the strip

Rod of Asclepius

Narrow sup...
Tapping Stimulates Bone
PROCESS 3

 Sitting – tapping chest (drop & lift)
 Standing –tapping chest (drop and lift)
 Col...
What visualizations are and
how to use them
Thinking in pictures allows you to precisely imagine
practicing an action in a...
A paradoxical approach
 Neurological Diplomacy takes a paradoxical
approach to movement re-education.

 BFL works with N...
How Primals Work
BFL: the keys to accelerated learning

To return to an earlier stage of movement is a way to improve a su...
How Primals Work
 Sphincters – form a vital part of the BLF program

 They play a major role in postural stability

 Ri...
Sphincters
PROCESS 4

 TEST come up to stand – give a mark
 Sit – map of sphincters
 Find the moment of effort
 Add fi...
Fear of Falling

The fear of falling is an innate
fear - with injury and/or age, this
is magnified

‗Bones Wrap‘ protects ...
Everyday tuning
Using everyday objects:

 a bath towel after the shower
 the wall of your room
 a pillow, or rolled-up ...
Bones For Life Wrap
ACTIVE PROCESS 5

 BFL Wrap
 In groups
 Step in place
 Bounce On Heels
BFL Movement Intelligence Training
BFL– Primary Principles
 nurturing rhythms – bypassing resistance

 neurological diplomacy - let the good side imitate
t...
Ruth Alon Teacher Training
Mullumbimby
Bones For Life Programs
 Bones For Life
 Bones For Life Chairs
 Walk For Life – walking poles – thoracic empowerment
 ...
BFL world wide
 Austria Finland France Germany Greece
Norway Spain Sweden Switzerland Italy UK
Croatia Netherlands Poland...
CREDITS
Music: Yeshe, ‘Sekuru J.’ ROOTS and WINGS

Video: Rhythm Foli There is no Movement Without Rhythm,
URL: http://www...
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Movement intelligence v.4

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An introduction to a new cutting edge movement program that replaces harmful habitual patterns of movement with bone strengthening, posture enhancing processes.

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Movement intelligence v.4

  1. 1. Bones For Life® Australia Movement intelligence Jennifer Groves
  2. 2. Bones For Life Working smarter not harder
  3. 3. Images Warning images in this presentation depict elders past
  4. 4. BFL Founder RUTHY ALON in 2010
  5. 5. What is Bones for Life?  BONES FOR LIFE is an evolution of the work of Moshe Feldenkrais - its founder is Ruthy Alon  BFL is experiential ‘somatic’ work. Latin root ‘soma’ which means the living body in its wholeness  BFL enables your body to learn how to move more effectively in the field of gravity cultivating better function and movement and stronger bones
  6. 6. What is Bones for Life? BFL uses early developmental and evolutionary learning to restructure posture, alignment and stability
  7. 7. What is Bones For Life? academic learning – organic learning •BFL influences how you inter react with the environment, with yourself and others •Mind/body connection – habitual patterns, attitude & posture, bone health •BFL supports the release of unconscious bodily-based •Neurological reprogramming
  8. 8. Effortless Sitting Process 1  Process sitting in Chair  Push floor down & away  Cross Knees (or ankles)  Hands behind cross and press down fists  All together BOH pelvis
  9. 9. What is Bones For Life?  BFL is ‘building relationships‘  SYSTEMS skeletal/muscular/thinking/sphincter/ neurological re-programming – Repatterning the brain‘s plasticity
  10. 10. BFL Is Family Joint Therapy  BFL is ‘family‘ joint therapy. Rather than working on a specific joint and its dysfunctional pattern, we work with the whole orchestra. One note can be tuned by the whole
  11. 11. What Is Good Posture? What does it mean to you?
  12. 12. Well Meaning Advice  Stand up straight (mother)  Sit up straight and be ‘still’ (teacher)  Shoulders back (choreographer)  Tuck your tail bone down (instructor)  Tummy in (movement teacher)  Chest up (movement teacher)
  13. 13. BFL models indigenous uprightness
  14. 14. African women have the world’s lowest incidence of bone fractures.
  15. 15. BLF: African Water Carrier‘s Walk Carrying this developmental wave forward, BFL models the rhythmic gait of the African woman, transporting water on her head and a child or pack on her back
  16. 16. SUSTAINABLE POSTURE
  17. 17. How do we tune our instrument?  Working smarter not harder – 20 % effort builds bone  Our nervous system learns by ease and lack of effort a prime design  Finding consistent rhythm and domino effect  BFL uses global patterning to affect postural and neurological change. ―Body mapping‖
  18. 18. How do we tune our instrument? Pressure Generating = builds bones  Along the vertical line  Curved line  Diagonal line  Horizontal line  Spiral line
  19. 19. Bounce On Heels Bouncing on heels (BOH) is the ‗bread & butter‘ of the Bones For Life program Mikulin – a Russian Space Engineer had a heart attack and developed BOH to encourage blood to rise up the body against gravity BOH in a naturally aligned spine stimulates healthy bone growth by increasing blood supply
  20. 20. Bounce On Heels  As we age, bone loss occurs. Deterioration happens when an imbalance between cleansing and nourishing occurs  Osteoclasts clean out old bone  Osteoblasts build new bone  ―Wolff‘s Law‖ - bone in a healthy person or animal will adapt to the loads it is placed under. It remodels itself over time to resist load German Anatomist/Surgeon Julius Wolff ( 1836–1902)
  21. 21. Bounce On Heels PROCESS 2  Sitting – BOH – with variations  Goat Skipping – with variations PRESSURE GENERATING FORCE STREAMING from END to END in a DOMINO EFFECT
  22. 22. Organizing movement around the sensation of lengthening  Lengthening is the primary focus in Bones For Life® - but as a rhythmic pulse instead of a fixed goal like the Alexander, Rolfing, or Pilates methods  As an automatic response instead of imposed correction  Lengthening is skeletal alignment of bones along the axis of gravity and propelling forces
  23. 23. Wave and Axis Caduceus Wide Supports Wave •Hand on head •Silken scarf •Marengo in the strip Rod of Asclepius Narrow supports Axis •Narrow pelvis •Hand on head •Bow and arrow •Ribs around the steering
  24. 24. Tapping Stimulates Bone PROCESS 3  Sitting – tapping chest (drop & lift)  Standing –tapping chest (drop and lift)  Collar bone adjustment, hand on neck  Tapping chest in standing– voice – tone  Tapping above lumbar with support
  25. 25. What visualizations are and how to use them Thinking in pictures allows you to precisely imagine practicing an action in a successful way, and contributes to its effective performance Thinking through images originates in the early stages of development. Using your imagination as a prelude to actualizing the ideal is ―Pre-Viewing‖
  26. 26. A paradoxical approach  Neurological Diplomacy takes a paradoxical approach to movement re-education.  BFL works with Neurological Diplomacy allowing the functional side to mirror the dysfunctional side. [Other approaches work on improving the dysfunctional side.]  Neurological Diplomacy takes the brain out of its fixity to bring about neurological change. This is the PRIME design of BFL.
  27. 27. How Primals Work BFL: the keys to accelerated learning To return to an earlier stage of movement is a way to improve a subject’s present movement and behavioral patterns
  28. 28. How Primals Work  Sphincters – form a vital part of the BLF program  They play a major role in postural stability  Ring muscles are often overlooked – in some cultures – still taboo
  29. 29. Sphincters PROCESS 4  TEST come up to stand – give a mark  Sit – map of sphincters  Find the moment of effort  Add fingers  Test again
  30. 30. Fear of Falling The fear of falling is an innate fear - with injury and/or age, this is magnified ‗Bones Wrap‘ protects bones and joints
  31. 31. Everyday tuning Using everyday objects:  a bath towel after the shower  the wall of your room  a pillow, or rolled-up blanket  a chair  the threshold of a door as equipment to perform processes.
  32. 32. Bones For Life Wrap ACTIVE PROCESS 5  BFL Wrap  In groups  Step in place  Bounce On Heels
  33. 33. BFL Movement Intelligence Training
  34. 34. BFL– Primary Principles  nurturing rhythms – bypassing resistance  neurological diplomacy - let the good side imitate the bad side  challenging stability safely  working with quality not quantity  using partial movements (the beginning phase)  utilizing your imagination
  35. 35. Ruth Alon Teacher Training Mullumbimby
  36. 36. Bones For Life Programs  Bones For Life  Bones For Life Chairs  Walk For Life – walking poles – thoracic empowerment  Mindful Eating —The Inner Game of Chewing How do you sense what to eat, and when to stop? Eating is a habit, like movement. Chewing can become a fixated mechanical pattern of gestures and attitudes. From this habit addiction or loss of control or overeating is often a reaction  M.I. Specialist Graduate – Movement Solutions for Functional Development
  37. 37. BFL world wide  Austria Finland France Germany Greece Norway Spain Sweden Switzerland Italy UK Croatia Netherlands Poland  Mexico Venezuela Brazil Chile Argentina Uruguay  USA Canada Alaska  Israel  Hong Kong Japan Korea Thailand Taiwan  Australia New Zealand
  38. 38. CREDITS Music: Yeshe, ‘Sekuru J.’ ROOTS and WINGS Video: Rhythm Foli There is no Movement Without Rhythm, URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-6UBsp4V6c Published on Jul 1, 2012 by RaSmArCkOo

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