Ruthy Alon

Movement Intelligence: Solutions Part 2

The Solutions Programs offer a range of inventive movement processes designed to address common neuro-muscular issues. The course takes place over six days with participants working mainly sitting in chairs, but also sometimes walking or working against the wall. Ruthy Alon artfully guides and empowers participants to access their own, self-correcting intelligence, so that they are able to discover better options for comfortable, coordinated movement. The movement processes are accessible to all ages and abilities and can be done at home.

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by Ruthy Alon
11 DVDs, 55 Processes

The Solutions Programs offer a range of inventive movement processes designed to address common neuro-muscular issues. The course takes place over six days with participants working mainly sitting in chairs, but also sometimes walking or working against the wall. Ruthy Alon artfully guides and empowers participants to access their own, self-correcting intelligence, so that they are able to discover better options for comfortable, coordinated movement. The movement processes are accessible to all ages and abilities and can be done at home.

In order to participate in some of the movement processes you will need a “wrap.” For the fabric wrap, purchase 7 yards (21 feet) of 45 inch wide fabric.

In Solutions 2 Ms. Alon continues the processes started in Solutions One with an emphasis on balance, posture, movements that inform walking and the face. Ruthy Alon's work is based on the Feldenkrais Method's integrative approach to functioning. The program is broken into short processes that participants experience and then can continue to do at home. Both of the Solutions programs explore the reciprocal relationship between the area of suffering and its network of roots throughout the entire body for functioning as nature intended. Ruthy Alon was 92 at the time she taught this program in San Diego, California on one of her last International Teaching trips. Her vitality and focus as she teaches her work can be an inspiration for active creative aging!

In Ruthy’s words: “The Movement Solutions Program applies the Feldenkrais Method's® integrative approach to functioning; exploring the reciprocal relationship between the area of suffering and its network of roots throughout the entire body. The result will be restoration of harmonious cooperation, so that the body is able to work as nature intended. The Movement Intelligence exercises are all designed as self-care strategies so that participants will leave the program with tools they can use at home. Participants will be empowered to awaken their own, self-correcting intelligence, so that their organism is able to overcome its own functional failures with better options for efficient, coordinated action.”

Themes for Part Two

  • Posture: There is no pill for posture: Posture determines the quality of moving and vice versa
  • Hip joints: Aligning the wheels: The traps of cultural human mistakes in walking
  • Equilibrium: The resourcefulness for re-generating balance—the unpredictable brain/body skill which simultaneously engages every cell and fiber of the brain/body.
  • Pelvic floor: The integrative anti-gravity lever of the sphincters: Awakening the power and resourcefulness which determines stamina.
  • Squatting: To and from the total body primal sitting: The answer to the very useful, deteriorating cultural function of sitting
  • Face: Rejuvanation, the reciprocal effect of feeling and tissues design
  • Introductory Comments
  • 1. Imagery: A Shortcut to Actualize Your Wishes - Your Body Can Do What Your Mind Can Imagine
  • 2. Hanging a Picture on the Wall - Pulling Out the Cork from the Bottle
  • 3. Upright Posture as Elevation or Straightening, The Paradox of Still Posture
  • 4. Distance Between Heels Determines Posture - Deciphering Habitual Tendency and Learning to Win from it
  • 6. Drawing the Skull Away
  • 7. One Shoulder Blade on the Wall
  • 9. Contribution of the Creeping Pattern to Posture
  • The Morning Towel
  • Discussion on Balance and ATM
  • Recovering Balance, Velcro Weights on Ankles, The Sensorial Way of How the Organism is Learning
  • 3. The Effective Mindset for Recreating to Treating a Loss of Ground
  • Quick Strong Determined Assertive Resistant Style of Effective Reaction
  • 4. Standing on One Foot
  • 5. Hanging the Picture on the Wall, and Pulling Out Cork from the Bottle - Challenging Equilibrium in Pendulum Motion on One Foot Near the Wall
  • 6. Neutralizing Fear of Falling, Getting Friendly with the Floor. From Standing to Sitting to Lying
  • From the Chair to the Floor
  • 8. The Zero-Balance Point in the Foot, Walking Along a Line, The Advantage of Consecutive Steps
  • Preparing Wrap for ATM
  • 9. Stepping on Knots
  • 10. Playing Music and Standing on Two Rollers
  • 1. Hip Joint Program: Stability and Mobility of the Hip Joint While
  • Standing on One Foot
  • 2. Too Tight or Too Loose Hip Joint, Changing the Distance Between Trochanter, Iliac Crest and Ribs In Walking
  • 3. Suspending a Tight Hip Joint Using Gravity to Passively Open Up More Space in A Compressed Joint
  • 4. Deciphering Critical Phase in Walking , Does Hip Joint Disturbance Occur When Same Side Foot is Stepping Forward or When the Leg is Behind
  • 5. The Counter-Indication
  • 6. Primal Swimming , Learning from the Living World Of Amphibian Locomotion, The Efficient Dynamics of Hip and Spine Correspondence in Human Vertical Walking
  • 7. Mermaid Legs
  • 8. Projecting the Sit-Bone Over the Heel Cultivating the Concept of Aligning the Legs with the Axis of Standing
  • 9. Swinging Leg Backwards, Expending an Anatomical Freedom of the Step's Bend
  • 1. Sphincters as Anti-Gravity Lever, Self-Invigoration by Built-in Primal Mechanism, Autonamal Sensory Observation of Anti-Gravity Tasks with and without Sphincters
  • 2. Hanging the Picture with Sphincters and Without
  • 4. Bow and Arrow
  • 5. Sphincters Toes Correspondence in Walking, Propulsion, Network of the Sphincters as Springiness Generator
  • Elastic Band Sphincters ATM
  • 9. Incontinance
  • Abdominal Lift in Standing
  • 10. 3D Isometric Sphincters, Tuning Up in Bouncing on the Heels, Awakening Whole Body Revitalization with Sphincter Network and Anti-Gravity Resistance, Building Up, The Exercise You Will Do Everyday with Elastic Loop Dynamics of Sphincters Use Following the Evolution Swinging Pattern of Evolution, Deciphering the Primal Mobilization Dynamics of the Swimming and Creeping Functions in Sitting
  • Squatting ATM
  • 1. Strategies for Easy Squatting, Attaching Irrelevant Images to Function
  • 2. Up and Down of Squatting, Spiraling Arms, Incorporate Proportional Articulation of the Stiff Thoracic Spine
  • 3. Sliding Contact
  • 4. How to Come Back from Squatting
  • 5. Squatting with Elevated Heels, Permission for Imperfection in Phase of Restoring a Long Forgotten Skill
  • 6. Improving Quality of Squatting Flow by Articulating Upper Spine
  • 7. Squatting in Step Position with Support of a Table, Back of a Chair or a Pole. The Organism Learns from Realizing It's Own Dysfunctional Choices
  • 8. Squatting Lesson 8 Knees to the Floor
  • 9. Coordinating Head-Pelvis See-Saw for the Crucial Phase of Rising Up from Squatting
  • 1. Face Relaxation, The Movement Processes for Rejuvenating the Face
  • 2. Deep-Tissue Relationship, Discoveries Anachronistic States of Personal History, Feather Touching Finger Tips Detecting Traces of Life and Resolve Memories Stored in Tissue's Texture
  • 3. Rolling Skin
  • 4. The Function of Sucking
  • 8. Giving Up Eyes Effort to See, The Paradox of Sight Improvement
  • 5. Redesigning Face Expressions Against Resistance, Using Active Resistance to Reenforce Discourage Habitual Facial Expressions for Gaining Control Over Them
  • 6. Yawning
  • 7. Spiral Squeezing of Hair
  • 9. The Reciprocal CoDependency of the Face, Broadcast Message and the Emotions Which Imprinted Them, Body Mind Being the Two Sides of the Same Moon
  • 10. Nature's Devices for Getting Rid of Stress that we Learn from Animals
  • Conclusion/Wrap-Up

Ruthy Alon (1930—2020) was among the 13 fortunate students who sat on straw stools around the low treatment table at Moshe Feldenkrais's first training program. From those early days in Israel, the Feldenkrais Method became the central axis of Ruthy’s development and professional contributions. She was the first practitioner to follow Moshe to the U.S., in 1972, coming to the Esalen Institute in California, and then teaching his new approach to the improvement of human functioning in centers around the world.

She always taught with loving kindness and generosity. She continued to learn and to bring the Method to the public, making it easily accessible for everyone.

At the 2018 Feldenkrais® Guild conference, in Washington D.C., Ruthy was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award for her contributions to the Method and our community. Her brilliant thinking and innovation has helped thousands of people over many decades. Her students, both of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education and Movement Intelligence will continue on her name teaching her beautiful body of work.

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