Embodying movement while present-moment sensing is the key to shifting out of pain and unnecessary suffering. Exploring and discovering movement in a self-reflective and aware-ed way, using novel movement sequences done slowly and with gentle effort, we improve the way our brains learn.
Typically, when we lack flexibility, we choose exercise routines or methodologies that seek to expand your range of motion by stretching or coercing the musculoskeletal system in the largest range possible. This teaches your nervous system that effort and force are part of the dynamic of moving the body. In this work, we gain larger range of motions, not by stretching, or moving the body through the largest ranges, but by using myriad and extensive variation on the movement in differing positions in order to find greater comfort, ease—which predictively results in larger ranges of movement. It seems counter intuitive, but is actually a more integrated & potent way of recovering flexibility and full range of movement.
I help you learn how to harness the dynamic power of your brain for new patterns. Science is now showing us solid evidence that the brain has the capacity for creating new neural maps throughout the life span. This goes for every single human being regardless of age, infirmity, or level of mastery.
I work with adults in 2 formats. Group classes, called Awareness Through Movement, and private sessions called ‘movement lessons‘. In a group class, I guide you through movement sequences organized around a specific function. Each lesson employs principles specific to this method. Slow movement, done without effort or force, using variation instead of repetition, with a guidance that prioritizes curiosity within the range of comfort.
In private work, the sequences are individualized for your particular constitution & personality and movement challenge. No two sessions will ever look alike or be repeated. Even if the function is the same. Novelty is important in this process as the brain is more primed for learning in novel situations. Often, what is practiced at home will be the part of the lesson that has the most potency for you.
In private work, you lie on a wide treatment table or on the floor. I use my hands and sometimes words to guide you in movements designed to focus your attention on what you’re sensing and feeling, and using variations, we grow what is presently perceived as physical limitation into greater freedom of choice and possibility.
You will leave a session feeling more deeply yourself, with a grounded presence and spacious opening and greater freedom. Pain diminishes or disappears during and after lessons. Practicing this process-oriented therapy over time will wire these new patterns.