Somatic Awakening Workshop in Cook Islands
Aitutaki, Cook Islands, January, 2019
Maybe you find one of these reducing your quality of life:
There is another way to experience yourself.
The Somatic Awakening classes focus on how you can learn to move in new ways so that pain and stiffness are reduced. A student recently wrote to me about her changes: "So much less aching. Bending over. Putting on boots. Shoulder check when driving. Standing and cooking without pain and no pain after cooking. Shovelling snow. Getting in and out of the tub. So much less pain from flute playing--hurrah! " She added, "This little list tells the story of a life that is so much easier to live and a life that can contain joy and pleasure." Her limitations in all the above areas have reduced significantly and her sense of fulfilment in her life is profound.
Robert Black, Calgary
How did this happen? I provided her a series of movement lessons that drew into use her whole mind and body; the lessons built upon previous ones and included ideas on how to improve the quality of all movements. She learned the essential movements that supported her. As she awakening to her somatic self, she learned to take the time and attention to open her awareness. She began to discover how she could integrate the new patterns into her daily life.
The somatic approach enhances the quality of living, as the student wrote, "a life that is so much easier to live and a life that can contain joy and pleasure". Another student commented, "this lead to confidence not just in large body movements but also a calming internal approach to life. " Some of these aspects are: Your body, your self. So often we have been taught not to trust the body. We also have learned not to trust our senses, and hence our 'sense' of ourself becomes distorted. We have repressed our emotions so that we do not know who we are, sometimes feeling more like a shadow, or an empty vessel that a living being. Experiencing the wisdom that is a deep part of your body-mind; learning to trust and to use this ability. Trust the support provided by the skeleton. This frees the musculature from excessive tightness and habitual holding, leading to increased ease and freedom of joints and increased strength. Grace, Ease. Elegance. Choice: maybe these words are unfamiliar to you; they can be helpful developing a richer, deeper sense of yourself. You need a safe environment to explore yourself moving in these new ways.
A student wrote, "...I enjoy that there is time to really sink into the body awareness and to experience the senses..."
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Go beyond the limitations. Experience the exhilaration of a kind and straight spine. The joy or realization when the body lets go of pain and habits no longer needed, The sense of self deepens, the possibility of connecting more deeply with the self, with others, with the spirit.
This sounds a lot like the Feldenkrais Method. "Somatic Awakening" is based on the teachings of Dr. Feldenkrais. The phrase describes the beginning steps of a process that help us move towards a more mature approach to thinking about ourselves, and ourselves in relation to the world. When we apply these beginning steps we find that the day-to-day aches and pains, long-term anxieties, frustrations with lack of ability ease, and instead people feel more cheerful and hopeful, they have more curiosity about their world, and experience more appreciation.
What students say:
... As a participant at a week long Feldenkrais class series, I loved how current brain research guides the instructions in each session. Through a series of gentle movements I became increasing able to move with greater ease and confidence. To my surprise, this lead to confidence not just in large body movements but also a calming internal approach to life. It was an amazing experience and I look forward to my next opportunity to join a Feldenkrais session. -- Judy M, Edmonton
... I wholeheartedly urge anyone who would like to improve their ease of movement and/or self expression to experience Rob Black's teaching of the Feldenkrais Method. Rob is an incredibly kind, sensitive, attentive and highly knowledgable teacher who has helped me to find ease in the movements which give my life meaning, and to find strategies to become my own teacher. -- Alex C, Calgary
... What I enjoy ... is that there is more time to really sink into the body awareness and to experience the senses.... It is really amazing what patterns and emotions can surface when time is taken to attend a workshop. Not to mention how much better the physical body feels when it has been pampered, recognized and respected over an extended period of time. -- Lucy N, Calgary
... A series of classes is a way of going one step further and getting a lot of gain with no pain in a very short time. In a workshop I attended, I experienced an additive effect in each successive session because new patterns of moving were reinforced in a timely way, and so in three days I was moving in ways I never thought possible for my inflexible body. I highly recommend Feldenkrais and Rob to anyone yearning for a happier, stronger and more comfortable body and self. -- Christine W, Calgary
Watch a short video, below, about a past Somatic Awakening workshop - and a participant's experience: