Atmosphere during the lesson - to ensure that the system is completely relaxed, you should apply the following measures:
For young children, we recommend that you accompany your movements by singing a lullaby. Gradually reduce the rhythm and lower your voice to a whisper. The lights in the room should be low.
You can do the activities while baby is asleep - and if he or she falls asleep during the lesson, carry on until deeper and relaxed breathing is achieved.
We recommend that you do the lesson together with your partner.
Before working with the baby, it's worth practising the actions on yourself. Practise will hone your knowledge of breathing and the parts of the body involved, so you'll be more effective when working with the baby afterwards.
Position - When the baby is coughing and has short breath, s/he'll prefer to be sitting - supported by a cushion so the back is curved and the chest is open for the optimal entrance of air.
Parents or family members participate in the lessons. In most cases, parents are able to create the best and most effective contact with their children and generate the confidence and inner calm that's so important for the process. The form and quality of touch is most important. I teach people the different types of touch, and recommend that they experience movements in individual or group lessons. In this way, they get an idea of the style and trajectory of the lessons. When parents are full participants, there are excellent prospects that there'll be a significant change in their children's breathing and functioning.
Touch each rib separately around the whole circumference of the chest, from the chest-bone up to where it joins the spine. Touch the spaces between the ribs (where the muscles that connect the ribs are located) and relax them through your touch.
Lift one vertebra after another, along the whole spinal cord. Each time, after lifting, wait a little, and allow the vertebra to slowly lower.
Let your palm follow and get to know the stomach's movements during breathing.
Open the baby's mouth a little, and gradually the jaw as well, touching around the mouth and lips, and gently massaging the muscles around the jaw. If possible, press the tongue lightly or hold it gently with your fingertips so it can be slightly drawn out. This action enlarges the breathing passage considerably.
These instructions are basic and fundamental. In order to match the directions of movement and the individual emphases for each child, it's advisable that you take few lessons with a qualified Feldenkrais trainer, who specialises in working with children.