Group Movement Lessons – Transformative!
“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”– Confucius
Intelligence can improve with aging, by taking the time to open and explore unused brain real estate and reclaim it as functional property. That is, Neurological territory that has the property of enhancing learning, memory and meaningful living. Most of the brain is dedicated to movement and through movement your brain can reacquire motility and connectivity to help you become your potential. What does high functioning mean to you? Movement is the key.
“Without movement, life is unthinkable.” Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
During his career, Dr. Feldenkrais developed thousands of movement lessons which he called Awareness Through Movement® lessons (ATM). Based on his work and 25 years of her own experience and understanding, Anat Baniel created Transformational Movement Lessonssm (TML). Awareness Through Movement® and Transformational Movement Lessonssm involve sophisticated movement sequences which access the sensory motor processes of the brain and involve attention, perception, imagination and cognition.
Students wear loose and comfortable clothing and bring a pad or cloth to lie on the floor.
Group movement lessons are orally guided and students are led to listen to the background of their movement.
Through this process, students learn:
- To let go of unnecessary holding
- A refinement in movement and breathing
- Movement sequences that enhance neurological connectivity
- *Ways to assist children with special needs – by experiencing personal changes and new possibilities
Demonstrations are given as needed for clarity.
*I offer special packages for families receiving lessons for their children.
Guidelines for ATM® or TMLsm lessons:
- Begin by making slow small movements!
Awareness is amplified by slowing down and doing less.
- Stay within your personal range of comfort.
Notice even the smallest discomfort. As you repeat each movement,
search for your own easiest most comfortable path of motion.
- Once you find comfort in small movements slowly begin to make larger and quicker ones.
- Don’t compare yourself to others, learn to listen to your own best and easiest way to move.
- If you feel pain:
Do less or slow down even more –
If that doesn’t help stop and Imagine doing the movement softly and easily.
Do the movement on the other side instead.
- Rest often, not because you are tired but in order to notice any small differences in the way that you stand, lie or sit.
Learn to be your own best bio-feedback. Become aware of your own preferences. Make informed choices based on direct information.
What do people say?
Now I have learned to move in a new way. I can turn my head without pain! NL Psychotherapist
Something has shifted for me when I run. I use my body differently, I pay attention to areas of myself that I didn’t feel before and the experience is very pleasurable. ET Business Professional – Inventor
I usually have trouble with my shoulders. My easy reach at the beginning of the lesson was about six inches less than it was at the end of the lesson. I don’t remember a time when my shoulder blade moved so freely. (And there was no stretching involved!) BF Massage Therapist