Module 1 – Intro to Somatic Movement

 

 

What is Somatic Movement? It is non-purposeful movement used as a tool to improve our ability to feel our body and how it relates to its individual parts, to space and gravity. It is a vessel to improve our sensing, including interoception and proprioception as well as our empathic and intuitive senses. Somatic Movement is practiced with intention directed toward the internal experience rather than to the outer appearance. The result of practicing Somatic Movement is often a pleasurable feeling of ease or joy and overall sense of connectivity.

Based on the Feldenkrais Method, students will use their body as a tool  to understand and improve their Self-Image and improve their overall awareness. This Somatic Movement Immersion Program is a container for students to explore and improve their brain functioning, experience observable improvement in body functioning and begin the process of an overall refinement of all their senses.

Students will “learn to listen” via various methods and exercises such as Awareness Through Movement, Functional Movement Exploration, Hands-on Partner Practice, Group Observation and Discussion, Creative Movement and Personal Inquiry.

We will begin the process of deepening our kinesthetic awareness, identify chronic holding patterns that dictate movement limitations explore basic release techniques and valuable tools for greater ease, elegance and pleasure in movement. Students will go deep into fascinating concepts like “parasitic action” and draw links between the tools for Somatic Movement and tools for overall improvement in life. We will explore how focusing on achievement can limit our ability to reach our goals and secrets to improving the way we approach physical, mental and emotional challenges.

MODULE 1 – COURSE OUTLINE:

Day 1) The Primary Image & The Integrated Whole

-What is Embodiment? Implications on physical practices and lives

-Neuro-Muscular Re-Education – Creating an environment for learning

-Building Awareness – Using movement as a tool

-The Parts Influence the Whole – Bringing our whole selves into action

Day 2) Clarifying the Pelvis and The Spine

-Investigating your own postural habits – Propulsion and Connectivity

-Exploring of Planes of Movement

 -Identifying Movement Patterns, Habits & Limitations

-Release Techniques – Freeing the Hips

-Listening through Observation

Day 3) Un-caging the Ribs

-Demystifying “good” posture

-Tracking Movement Pathways

-Release Techniques – Freeing The Spine

-Listening Through Touch

Day 4) Freedom through The Shoulders and Neck

-The Face is more than Expression

-Building Connections

-Release Techniques – Breathing

-Learning to Let Go – Exploring Habits

Day 5) Subtleties – Fingers, Toes, Mouth and Jaw

-Refining the Senses

-Exploring Subtleties

-Being present to our Experience

-Building Functional Movement Patterns

Please  send inquiry below or email info@somatic-movement-project.com with any questions or to register.