Movements with Feldenkrais Method ®

 

Self-image

It is the representation of our body upon the nervous system. In the brain our body is represented with feet at the top and the face on the bottom: the picture is called "Homunculus overturned."

 

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The area that represents nerve cells that innervate muscles is not proportionate to the size of the parts of body, but to their ability. So we feel more easily fingertips, lips, face, and can be more difficult to identify the region between the ears and the back. We are more aware of the parts that we use daily while those who take an indirect role in the actions are deaf or mute.

If we paint on the surface of the motor cortex of the brain cells that activate the voluntary muscles in a baby it would be possible to see a functional image in which the body is indicated by:

- Four shallow line for limbs
- A short line for the spine
- Lips and mouth that take up most of the drawing.

Adolescent who learned to write the self-image will be formed:

- From the mouth, lips, right hand represented more than the left one
- Body is more representative as antigravity muscles are more developed than baby.

In adult however we have a distorted image where:

- limbs, hands and face are developed
- Spine much less represented.

We can say that the self-image is less
and more limited intellectual potential

We have:

- 100 billion cells
- 100,000 billion synapses (connections between nerve cells)
- We use 5%, 10%, 30% of our potential.

Only a small fraction of nerve cells fully works, those that activate muscles to perform daily activities, the remaining 70% remains unused deposited as we usually do with our savings.

We are holders of an asset that we are not able to use!