Olena Nitefor

Working Within the Subjective Middle

Olena fluidly and articulately demonstrates how an FI is not a conversation with ourselves about the person, but a conversation with the person’s subjectivity. In that interaction we meet their subjective orientation and cue their system to self organize to a higher potential. It is an artful way of working where we do not interact with the student as teachers, but as guides for the self organizing process.

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by Olena Nitefor

Learn potent strategies for individualized sense making through the lens of the "subjective middle." As practitioners we often find ourselves comparing movement left to right. Implicitly, we are making our observations from an idea of an “objective middle.” What if we could suspend the idea of an “objective middle” and instead, identify and work with a person’s “subjective middle,” an orientation from which it is startlingly apparent that they are more at home and function more effectively? From this standpoint, a practitioner can address the self-image from a unique perspective, the client’s own.



Olena fluidly and articulately demonstrates how an FI is not a conversation with ourselves about the person, but a conversation with the person’s subjectivity. In that interaction we meet their subjective orientation and cue their system to self organize to a higher potential. It is an artful way of working where we do not interact with the student as teachers, but as guides for the self organizing process. Olena effortlessly integrates her knowledge of functional anatomy into the teaching in an accessible and clear fashion. This advanced training includes the functional anatomy of the spine, of the “inner cylinder” (specifically, extending from the ring of the fist rib to the pelvic inlet), and of the shoulder girdle in relation to the pelvic girdle. The video includes multiple personal supervision moments. This brings the viewer up close as Olena coaches and leads practitioners to strategize within particular “real life” moments encountered in practice. While everyone is working with the “same” material, the viewer participates in variations that are tailored to particular students. These segments are visually rich and verbally clear, so one can observe the learning interaction with the person on the table, as well as witness the learning taking place.
    DVD 1:
  • Introduction to “Subjective Middle.” Presenting threads to be followed
  • Intro to the Subjective Middle experience
  • Sitting, ATM like sequence. Finding and exploring your own Subjective Middle orientations
  • FI demo. Accessing the self organizing capabilities of the nervous system. Catching the ring of the first rib via the shoulder girdle
  • Skeletal demo. Using the skeleton to access an existing orientation
  • Coaching a practicing duo
  • Group demo. Specifying how to hook first rib via the clavicles
  • DVD 2:
  • ATM. Based on AY # 448 Diagonal bending
  • FI demo. Working with broader shoulders
  • Joining the subjective experience of the FI client
  • Self use. Hand positions. How the Subjective Middle approach relates to and differs from “going with the pattern”
  • DVD 3:
  • Skeletal anatomy. Relation of ring of first rib to pelvic inlet ring and the “true pelvis”. Pathways of force vectors through true and false pelvis
  • Anatomy. Ribs in relation to spine.Linking Prior ATM to upcoming ATM
  • DVD 4:
  • ATM. Based on AY #170 Lifting the head on the diagonal
  • DVD 5:
  • Discussion re ATM
  • Skeleton. Review of FI of day 1
  • FI demo. Working through legs and head
  • DVD 6:
  • Skeleton and anatomy. Adductors, true pelvis and balance
  • FI coaching. Self organization for rolling the head
  • FI coaching. Working from the pelvis and legs
  • FI coaching. Clarifying hand position, self organization and mechanics. Reaching the whole “inner cylinder” through the legs. How rolling/rotation prompts system to inhibit shortening on one side
  • FI coaching. Additional ways to utilize the legs in lengthening into trunk
  • FI coaching. Anchoring weight into foot while tilting legs
  • FI coaching. Further elaboration of anchoring feet into table
  • DVD 7:
  • ATM. Based on AY #348 Arm and knee on the diagonal
  • Discussion. Self image in movement. Relationship of parts to whole
  • Skeletal demo for lifting the head. Linkage into thoracic spine
  • DVD 8:
  • ATM. Based on AY #310 Training to sit without leaning on the floor
  • DVD 9:
  • Functional Integration demo
  • Purely skeletal contact with pelvis
  • Clarification of work through legs and review of lifting head
  • Utilizing various pulls through each leg to reach various ribs.Rolling of head and eyes facilitate fuller movement of thorax
  • Orientation and lifting the head. Detailed step by step coaching
  • An imaginary marble on the breastbone. Facilitating perception
  • Continuing coaching with practitioners from 1:01:20
  • Lifting the head
  • Sitting demo. Working through linked and “stacked” forearms into the trunk
  • Discussion. Drawing relationships between FI work and AY #310
  • DVD 10:
  • ATM Based on: AY #52 Head fixed, pelvis fixed while standing on the knees

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