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Dancing Hearts Ongoing Class in London

Outside In and Inside Out

25th April 2009

 

Outside In and Inside Out Franklin Method Dance Movement Work Osteopathy WorkshopThis workshop has grown out of my Osteopathic work (Structural Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy and Visceral Osteopathy), Franklin Method, Ideokinesis, Movement Medicine experiences and all the many other techniques that I have worked with. It is all about finding the richness in the body that sustains our lives and makes then full and enjoyable.

 

The Workshop

 

We carry many things in the cells, organs, bones, blood and muscles of our bodies. We carry the old traumas of our past that maybe block us and hold us back. We also carry all the seeds of potential for self healing and the manifestation of our passions and our dreams . Our culture often says that this numinous side of what we carry is not as strong as the shadow side—but it is in fact far stronger as it is driven by the energy of survival.

 

This workshop is about beginning to find simple tools that can enable us to access what we carry so that we can begin to heal ourselves and live our lives more authentically and more fully. We will use touch, imagery, movement meditation, dance and exercises that promote mental focusing. We will also have great fun!!

 

All you need is water, clothes you can move in (layers that you can take off and on as you heat up and cool down work well), lunch to share and some enthusiasm for living.

 

The workshop begins at 10:30 and ends at 5:30 - with a break for lunch in the middle. You can park at the venue or if you come by train come to Stevenage - and let me know before booking anything as I will try to coordinate arrivals at the train station so that I or someone else can pick you up from the station.

 

Send an email to book to David Kellett DO, Franklin Method Teacher . The workshop is 65 after the 21st of March but the "early bird" price before the 21st of March is 50.

 

You can see the flyer for the workshop here - Front BackDAncing Bodies Interoception Dance Movement Work Franklin Method Visceral Osteopathy Cranial Osteopathy

 

 

The Following is some of the back ground to this workshop. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more

 

The Inward Journey

 

The organs of the body support the moving body as the Earth supports our feet. The wonderful processes of life – breathing / respiration, digestion, hormonal control and reproduction to name a few - are all happening deep in our organs twenty four hours a day. Every time we breathe in, our abdominal organs slide and squirm downward to the pelvic bowl to accommodate our filling, swelling lungs. As we breathe out our abdominal organs rise up to take the space of the contracting lungs. With each breath in and each breath out the heart moves– rising and falling in an endless cycle. As we breathe twenty four hours a day so our organs journey twenty four hours a day. If our pattern of breath is off just a tiny fraction – holding fear, anger or grief for example – then all our organs will have a different journey. In an average day – just by breathing in and out, up and down the liver will have moved four miles – imagine what a little change in every breath can mean – the liver can have travelled a long way from its “home”.

 

The organs are mostly water – they slip and slide against each other in a controlled tumbling dance. They give us weightedness and stability. Each organ has its own character. The stomach is the testing chamber, full of acid fire it can expel what it does not like. The small intestine is the place where we sift and analyse what we take in and decide whether it is good for us or bad for us – it is the place at the very root of “gut feeling”. The kidneys are well springs of renewal and purification – filtering out what we do not need and cleaning and refining what we do need. The large intestine slows time down in our inner world, giving us time to ruminate, pause, savour and absorb. The liver takes one thing and changes it to another – it is the vast alchemist of the organ world. It slides its slippery bulk into almost everything it is the great facilitator and catalyst, a reservoir of old stored junk and yet also a source of raw materiel for new projects and the reification of visions. And last but by no means the least the sex / reproduction organs. Well we all know what we think about them – but what do we feel in them in our emotional hearts?

 

When we move into the world of the organs we move into a different sense of time. We move into a realm where our bodies can speak freely to us – we are there with the basic instincts of life. We can find new movement possibilities – the release of the tensions we hold in our breathing and in our inner organs can allow a huge expressive and expansive release of movement potential throughout our whole body, heart and mind.

 

 

The Outward Journey

 

The word for the sense of our inner body is interoception. There has been research into how the quality and awareness interoception in individuals seems to correlate with that individual’s awareness of their own emotional state – but also about how it correlates with the individual’s empathy with others. So the more in touch we are with the feelings in the body, the more in touch with our emotional state we are and the more in touch with other peoples feelings we are. By focussing into our own body feelings we can become more aware of our emotions and by allowing the body feelings to move our bodies we also allow our emotions to move. No emotion is either “good” or “bad”, “right” or “wrong” they are just what they are. What becomes uncomfortable or unpleasant is when we become fixed in one emotion or another. If we can go into our bodies and allow them to move we can help our emotional state to move and unblock. Just as a river would become a stagnant pool if it was dammed up so do our bodies and emotions become ill if they are too fixed. When we let the body and emotions flow they become healthier.

 

We can move in relation to our selves – allowing our own internal patterns of body and feeling to loosen and hopefully become healthier. Moving into the inner realm of our bodies and bringing out the feeling we find inside ourselves in movement. With each journey into the body and then out again, bringing out that which we find in our inner realm, we allow more and more of ourselves to come into manifestation. In the “real” world we need to interact with others - to be able to remain true to ourselves and our deepest natures but also to honour and accept the deepest self and truth of the people we interact with. Using free movement, dance, touch and dialogue we will begin to explore how we can bring forth the deep truth of our own being and receive the deep truth of others to create a synthesis that is greater than the sum of its parts. When we achieve this synthesis all parties in the web  of relatedness are enriched and there is no loss or diminishment of the self.

 

For this workshop I am drawing on over 20 years of Osteopathic study and practice, my Franklin Method work with imagery and movement and on the ongoing work I am doing with Ya'Acov and Susannah Darling Kahn of the School Of Movement Medicine. I am deeply indebted to all my teachers - all their contributions through the years bring me to the place where I can give what I have to give.

 


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