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Find Your Own Answers: Patterns, Differences and Questions (PDQ)

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

“You do not have to know what to do. If you know how to proceed” Dennis Leri FGNA Trainer You hear a loud noise and turn suddenly. Ouch, there is a pain in your neck and it is not going away. Is it time to call the chiropractor or doctor? Wouldn’t it be great to solve this problem yourself? Do you have the ability to find the answer? If not, how? Moshe Feldenkrais wrote, “ Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself". He created over a thousand movement (called Awareness Through Movement) lessons to help people improve their process of living. Leora Gaster (the daughter of Feldenkrais long time associate Mia Segal) developed a simple acronym to help us learn and practice a process (PDQ) during lessons. PDQ stands for Patterns, Differences and Questions. The action of turning your head is a neuromuscular pattern. PDQ is a process of exploring and discovering insights into such pattens. Let’s use PDQ to help pain neck or just make the movement more efficient and pleasant. To find Patterns, simply turn your head to one side and then the other. You have two patterns, one to the right and one to left. Continue the movement in a small (don’t go to your limit), soft and slow manner. Pay attention and you will notice Differences between the two patterns. To learn more about these differences; you ask Questions. Such as: Is one side less painful (stiff) or easier than the other? When do I inhale? Exhale? Do I hold my breath? When? How far down does the spine does the movement go on one side? The other side? Is there a sequence of turning to the easier side? Is it different on the other side? How do I shift my weight? What are the differences between sides? How do I use my eyes turning to the easy side? Do I use my eyes differently turning to the other side? The answers to these questions gives you the information about the two patterns. You learn why the easy side is easier to do. You may use these answers to improve your other side. PDQ helps you use your “good” to teach your “not so good” to be better. Practice PDQ with group S3NSE lessons. Often finding your own answers is just a matter of asking the right questions?


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