you afraid of falling?
Do you know someone who is at risk of falling?
Finally, there is a program that can help you.
Little Book of Falling (and Getting Up)" eBook and the "Fall
Softly, Recover Quickly" Audio Learning Program answer questions
are we afraid of falling?
not just about getting hurt. The answer may surprise you!
do we fall?
is not the only reason. Learn to recognize the danger signs and what you
can do in the event of a fall.
Falls sometime. As we age, the danger of injury increases and with it,
the fear of falling. Learning how to become more flexible and resilient
can not only help prevent injury, but can improve recovery in the event
of a fall.
Awareness Through Movement® lessons included in this program
are part of a carefully researched movement education system that has
helped thousands of people improve their lives.
falls or recover more quickly using these simple techniques. Based on
the Feldenkrais Method, which Smithsonian Magazine has called “a revolutionary
approach to healing,” the lessons in both the ebook and the audio program
are easy to understand and can be done by anyone.
eBook includes illustrations and short video clips and is available for
here to read the introduction to"The Little Book of
Falling (and Getting Up)"
Softly, Recover Quickly" audio program, available on 2 CDs or as
an MP3 download, is a learning experience comprised of seven movement
lessons that will augment the eBook, or can be used alone. You can do
these lessons in the comfort of your own home - some even on your bed!
- for only $26.00
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I’ve been falling all
my life. As a child, I often found myself lying face down in the mud,
grass or street without realizing how I got there. One memorable fall
pitched me head first down the stairs. Before I could cry, my parents
grabbed me, sat me at the kitchen table and served me a bowl of ice cream;
a rare treat that perhaps made me forever think that falling down was
a good thing.
When I was a young
actor, one of my wise teachers told me that we are successful when we
turn our liabilities into assets. I became a mime and physical comedienne
specializing in dive rolls, prat falls and kicks in the pants. It was
nice to get paid for falling down.
But it didn’t cure my clumsiness. Offstage I still fell down stairs,
on hiking paths, and sidewalks. Sometimes my theater skills helped. Once
after a rain, I slipped on some mud while jogging. I tucked, rolled and
kept running. A woman came panting up next to me. “Is that some
new kind of aerobic exercise?” she asked.
helped and I had to nurse bruises, sprained ankles and even a couple of
bloody noses. Then I discovered the Feldenkrais Method®.
Developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the Feldenkrais Method uses small,
slow movements combined with awareness that change the way you move, think
and act. I had no idea it would affect my falling. I just wanted to stop
the aches and pains that seemed to be part of my career. What I discovered
was an avenue towards better posture, greater relaxation and more efficient
movement. And I learned that while falling is a fact of life, you can
develop strategies for both landing more softly as well as swifter recovery.
The exercises in this
book are based on Moshe Feldenkrais’ teaching. He called his movement
sequences Awareness Through Movement® lessons. While it’s
true that we are often hyper-aware while walking on ice, or crossing a
stream, that awareness is often laced with tension. Awareness Through
Movement lessons teach people how to sense their movement, sensations,
feelings and thoughts without stress.
We use the word ”falling”
for countless emotional experiences: falling in love, into debt, out of
favor, from grace. Oxford’s Dictionary has two pages dedicated to
definitions of falling. Over the last twenty years, I’ve worked
with thousands of people. Many had injuries from falling or were afraid
of falling. Sometimes it wasn’t so much about falling as it was
about getting up. Often after studying the movements of the Feldenkrais
Method for a while, people come up to me with big grins and said, “Hey
Lavinia, guess what, I fell on the ice yesterday,” or “I was
working in the garden, pulling weeds and went down!” These announcements
ended with, “…and amazingly, I didn’t hurt a thing!”
Falling happens so quickly,
there’s no time for the ordinary thinking brain to make a choice.
You have to rely on your kinesthetic intelligence. That’s the part
of your body/mind that governs your movement habits. Your kinesthetic,
or sensory intelligence knows exactly what to do as you back your car
out of the driveway, flip an egg or ride your bicycle. While you can’t
“train yourself to fall”, you can develop a more intelligent
body that can help you in the event of a fall.
By exploring the movements
in this book, you will discover a new way to prepare yourself for the
inevitable. All of us are subject to gravity. Why not make it your friend?
versions included), illustrated, 42 Pages.
8 Feldenkrais® Lessons. $6.99.
ePub Reader Free!
2 CDs in a binder or MP3 Download, $26.00.
Little Book of Falling" has potential to be of GREAT benefit to alleviate
a population health issue. Fall-related injuries come at a great personal
and financial expense. I love the way that Lavinia empowers the reader
with levity and practical body-centered solutions to this problem. I
recommend this book to all who serve older adults. -Rebecca Chaplin,
LS, MA, Aging Program Specialist, Area Agency on Aging, Land-of-Sky Regional
this elegant work,"The Little Book of Falling," you will find
inspiring descriptions that unlock your mind-body abilities and get them
producing for you. Lavinia Plonka gracefully invites you for an insider's
look at colorful case studies from The Feldenkrais Method® that
demonstrates the fundamental principles of balance and alleviate the fear
of falling. She systematically explains how to apply your own skills to transform
the fear of falling into greater confidence and ease. –Bruce Stewart,
Author of "Sleep So Deep"