Ellen Soloway ~ Acture: Influences of your ribs, diaphragm, and spine: an advanced training

Description of Ellen Soloway’s Advanced Training 

Acture: Influences of Your Ribs, Diaphragm, and Spine

Each one of us speaks, moves, thinks, and feels in a different way, each according to the image of himself that he built up over the years.  In order to change our mode of action we must change the image of ourselves that we carry with us.
            –– M Feldenkrais, Awareness Though Movement, (Chapter:  The self-image) p. 10 

Explore complex relationships between the carriage of the head, ribs, diaphragm and spine

Your ribs serve many purposes.  In addition to protecting your vital organs, they provide a pliable structure that facilitates bending, folding, or extending in multiple dimensions.  The design and structure of the rib cage permits your front, sides, and back to move congruently.  Skeletal support, furnished by the rib cage and collarbones, allows the arms, shoulders, and shoulder blades to move fluidly.  The direction and force of motion from the pelvis transfers to the shoulder blades and arms via the ribs.  Children use these active relationships when they move forward on their hands and knees.  Gradually these learned connections integrate into adult walking patterns.  You will learn how the dynamics of the ribs, arms, and shoulders interface with the pelvis.

Minor shifts in the suppleness of the ribs affect your breathing because the diaphragm has muscular attachments on the ribs.  Breathing patterns and voice tone are clues to a person’s well-being and emotional health.  Listening for the visual and auditory cues that denote change in the functioning of the ribs or spine is an important skill for a practitioner to acquire. You will finish this training with a better understanding of how greater flexibility in the rib cage influences the breath and voice.

Variations in the mobility or position of the ribs produce significant changes in a person’s acture.  Functional knowledge of the rib cage is not limited merely to improving your own spinal mobility, posture, and breathing. The depth of your understanding directly impacts your skill level during FI and ATM lessons.


Ellen Soloway graduated from the Moshe Feldenkrais Amherst Training and has a private practice in New Orleans.  She is an Assistant Trainer & the editor of the Alexander Yanai Volumes.  Ellen regularly gives Functional Integration® lessons in Atlanta and San Antonio.  When mentoring, she helps practitioners develop their theoretical understanding as well as their technical skills, especially those necessary for children with special needs.  Observers, watching Ellen work with adults & children, learn how neurological developmental processes are integral to the Feldenkrais Method®.



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