“Learning To Listen”
Somatic Movement Immersion
Modules 1, 2 and 3
Chiang Mai, Thailand
This program is about improving how you move,
how you think
and how you navigate through your life…
Somatic Movement (based on Feldenkrais Method) is a practice of using your body to harness and expand your awareness and refine your ability to sense and connect to yourself.
Embodiment is a tool to recognize and free yourself from self-limiting habits that interfere with your full potential.
Improving your awareness means recognizing subtleties in your sensation -displayed in movements, thoughts and action. Being able to recognize a whole spectrum of feeling – between “pain” and “not-pain,” “good” and “bad” begins with a process of developing a more refined vocabulary for sensation. This process also allows you to see more potential between ” I am this way” and ” I am not this way.” As you begin to deepen your understanding of your sensations, you can begin to recognize ways that you needlessly get in your own way – in posture, breathing, movement, thought and action. You can also apply this learning to your interactions with, and needs of, clients, students, colleagues, friends and loved ones.
In this program you will develop your sensory awareness through movement, observation, visualization, deep listening and touch and yet the program only begins by exploring the body.
“Learning to Listen” is a unique and authentic approach to personal development.
This program is open to anyone!
Our students come from all over the world…all ages, shapes and sizes, backgrounds, interests and fitness levels.
No movement experience is necessary 🙂
This program is for people who are:
- Interested in a learning process
- Interested in more comfort, ease and efficiency in movements or breathing (from a yoga/athletic practice to desk job to manual labor to chasing kids or just walking down the street!)
- Looking for supportive resources/empowerment during a physical/emotional transition
- Rehabilitating physical/emotional injuries (low-back pain, chronic fatigue, stress management etc)
- Working with clients in a care-giving, wellness or healing modality (yoga teachers, bodyworkers, life coaches, counselors)
- Ready to embark on a deep and often surprising journey of self-inquiry & self-discovery.
This Somatic Movement Immersion is broken into 3 Modules which are layers rather than levels. However, students must complete Module 1 (or equivalent) to establish the foundation and vocabulary for Module 2 or 3**.
(**Module 2 and 3 open to Feldenkrais Practioners and Trainees)
Module 1 – INTRODUCTION TO SOMATIC MOVEMENT (5 days, 9:30am-5pm) is an embodied learning web. It draws us into a basic understanding of our body as a system of relationships and interwoven parts. We begin to recognize and then peel back deep layers of our postural habits, emotional reactions and compulsive thoughts and the ways we hold ourselves back.
Each day we look at various exercises and play with unusual tools for listening to our bodies and integrating this awareness into the image of our whole selves.
This includes Awareness Through Movement (Feldenkrais) lessons, breathing exercises, somatic & creative movement exercises, hands-on partner work, deep listening, group observation and discussion. We enter into our own “brain lab” and begin learning how limitations in our awareness can create limitations in our overall self-image and by improving our awareness we can expand our perception of ourselves and others and improve overall way we navigate through our lives. (Read more HERE)
Module 2 – MOVEMENT EXPLORATIONS – (4 days, 9:30am-4pm) is the next layer. Equipped with the understanding of moving from a place of ease, we will develop the subtlety of our awareness of our movements, thoughts, reactions and behaviours with dynamic movement play.
In this module, we will start to link movement patterns; exploring our own biomechanics, sensory response and personal expression, how to get support and make transitions from a sense of space and gravity. We will delve deeper into our ability to understand what we observe in ourselves and each other, identifying common kinesthetic patterns, habits and limitations. Hands-on partner work will help us continue to understand functional anatomy as well as listening with touch without expectation or judgement. Functional respiration will be introduced and we will explore the implications and benefits of regular breathing practice for overall ease in the body and mind.
The movement explorations will be on all 4s, jumping, rolling from standing and balancing and is best suited to students without chronic pain, major injuries or severe limitations to their mobility.
Module 3 – SPECIAL FOCUS & HOME PRACTICE- (3 days, 9:30am-3pm) From the foundation of Module 1 we will delve into a deep study of the Feldenkrais Method. Each Module 3 will focus on a new specific theme (eg: “Demystifying the Pelvic Floor,” “Uncaging the Ribs” or “Integrating the Foot, Leg and Pelvis”). Each day students will explore the theme with 2-3 Awareness Through Movement lessons and then learn to build elements of these lessons into a personal movement/self-exploration/awareness practice. This home practice can be experienced on its own or integrated into other practices, teachings or daily life.
Sample an Awareness Through Movement (Feldenkrais) Lesson here!
– Jan 15- Jan 19, 2020 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
– Jan 27-30, 2020 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
– Oct 28-30, 2019 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
– Feb 7-9, 2020 – Chiang Mai, Thailand