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Franklin Method

What is the Franklin Method?Franklin Method Logo David Kellett Osteopath Cranial Osteopathy Movement Work Dance Eric Franklin

Franklin Method originated in the last part of the 20th centaury with Eric Franklin in Switzerland. Franklin Method is essentially about using imagery and movement to help us get a better awareness of our own bodies so that we can have better posture, better movement quality and better health. In Franklin Method we use all the different kinds of imagery creatively to begin to be aware of where our bodies are now so that we can begin to change.

Understanding and Feeling—Into Movement

Franklin Method Relaxing Shoulders Exercise Movement Work Eric Franklin DanceIn the Franklin Method we use imagery to bring awareness to our bodies. If we can feel our bodies or a part thereof we can start to change them. Having an awareness of what our bodies and feelings are doing is fundamental in initiating change in ourselves. It is hard to find the way somewhere if you don't know where you are to begin with. “Rub your shoulders with your hands to warm the shoulders up and to get the feel of where your shoulder muscles are. Imagine the muscles of your neck and shoulders as a cascade of water flowing down into your arms” We have brought awareness to the muscles and then asked them to flow like water—what happens?  Hey presto!—the muscles start to change and relax.

It is often useful to have a little understanding of  the function and evolution of different parts of the body. When we consider these facts we start to understand why the body parts are shaped as they are. Just thinking about some of these shapes and their interactions can be a rich source of imagery and a great way to tune into the feelings in the body. This is “experiential anatomy” - a key concept in Franklin Method work. Experiential anatomy is not learning loads of dry anatomical names (yikes!!!) but is rather finding the shape and function of our own anatomy so that we can embody our design. When we embody our design better we start to experience greater ease of movement, greater body efficiency and ultimately better health.

For our bodies to be healthy they must move. In Franklin Method we try to use functional everyday movements to illustrate how the body can be. We also use some specific gentle exercise to help the body to repattern.

I have always been fascinated by how the body moves and functions. Franklin Method has helped me to bring my sense of the inner very fine workings of the body that comes from my Osteopathic and Cranial Osteopathy study and practice to bear on the larger movements of the body in terms of posture, sport, dance and movement generally. In my Franklin Method teaching - whether in a pure Franklin Method Workshop or on other workshops - I bring all I have learned from my unique experience as a body worker, Osteopath, Cranial Osteopath and Movement Healer to enrich what I do. As a teacher my aim is to bring all I can be to my teaching to give all I have got so that those I work with can find their own maximum potential.

If you would like to know more please contact  David Kellett on 01462 438622 or email David Kellett DO, Franklin Method Teacher

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Here are a couple of YouTube videos that I have made to illustrate some of the ideas and concepts of the Franklin Method. I don't have load of video gear so please forgive the lo-fi  appearance of the videos.

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