In the branch of biology called zoology, the midline is defined as the median plane of a body, the imaginary divider that separates the right and left sides.
In terms of being in your skin, midline is so much more.
When the architecture of anatomy, functioning nervous system, and immediacy of lived experience merge, midline materializes as your sturdy yet supple built-in axis. The basis of support, agility, and resilience, midline is the core of your living infrastructure. This gently curving mainstay defines being vertical, bolsters your internal bearings, and situates you — establishing where and who you are — as you navigate through the world.
bending to the force of the wind,
when the storm has passed over
soon stood upright again.
The body’s response to shock, stress, illness, or injury disrupts or destroys your once seemingly innate sense of uprightness, of being supported and centered. No matter what type of trauma strikes, you make instantaneous, unconscious, and automatic accommodations to protect yourself. These neuromuscular responses, including limping, guarding, favoring, and other forms of chronic contraction, persist long past their initial causes and lead to what philosopher Thomas Hanna termed “somatic amnesia.”
This process of disconnecting from parts of yourself and forgetting primal patterns of motion, then forgetting that you forgot them, distorts the brain’s map of the body and muddles the midline. When your inner guide is no longer reliable or right, how do you know where you stand? How do you find verticality again, especially if you don’t know you lost it?
Forgetting parts of yourself and primal patterns of motion, then forgetting that you forgot them, distorts the brain’s map of the body and muddles the midline. When your inner guide is no longer reliable or right, how do you know where you stand? How do you find verticality again, especially if you don’t know you lost it?
Finding Midline (FM) presents a series of Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®) classes that offer an antidote to this infamous amnesia. Done standing against and lying on the firm foam cylinder as well as lying on the floor, these lessons are engineered to evoke, refine, and re-establish your internal sense of support. The roller serves as a kind of “reality check,” allowing you to become aware of and then decrease or dismiss the habitual contractions that have been pulling you off center and warping your perception.
Table of Contents
- ROLLER ON THE WALL
- SPINE LIKE A CHAIN WITH LOWER BACK BRIDGE
- LYING ON A ROLLER LENGTHWISE
- BETTER BALANCING ON A ROLLER
- EMBRACE YOUR ROLLER
- ON A ROLLER - CONNECTING FROM THE FOOT
Edited live workshop audio-only recordings
6 Feldenkrais Method® ATM® lessons
MP3 files you can download or stream
Please note that to do these lessons, you need three things:
- A firm, resilient [Ethafoam] roller that is six inches/15 centimeters wide and three feet/just under a meter long.
- A mat or blanket to lie on.
- Unencumbered wall space that is at least the width of your arm span.
If you don’t already own an Ethafoam roller, you can purchase one from any of the following:
Disclaimer: The Feldenkrais Method of neurophysical education is presented on this website for educational and entertainment purposes only. The Method and all articles, videos, photos, audio recordings, and documents of any kind available on this website are not intended to be a substitute for professional help or medical treatment. Nothing on this website is intended to diagnose or treat any pathology or disease of any kind. This website, all media files found on it and the creator of any and all of these files, and anyone featured on these files, cannot be held responsible for any injuries or discomfort that occur. Before doing any of the movement lessons described or portrayed on this site, consult your medical practitioner.
Whenever you do ATM lessons, please abide by these guidelines:
- Stay in your own range of comfort.
- Listen to the wisdom of your body.
- This is a NO pain, more gain approach.
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