Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience. In this workshop, participants will experience movements that help bring new awareness as well as maintain health and assist in the rehabilitation of pain, tension, stiffness, limitation, and injury. Spinal Awareness focuses on relaxing, integrating, and developing a new relationship with the spine and the whole body.
The use of joy and humor will be the undertone of this week. Real freedom in the body is also freedom of spirit and fun.
Lessons adapted from Indonesian Silat originating from the monasteries of China and Tibet will be shared which greatly expand the scope and effectiveness of each session. The concepts of grounding, extending, generating, protecting, circulating, and efficiently using our energies will be experienced. The energetic components of life and movement will greatly affect participants’ yoga and bodywork practices.
Safe, non-invasive touch lessons will be used to help in the understanding of our spines. Focusing on the actual bones, muscles, nerves, and energy of the spine, participants will be given a new, relaxing, healing experience of themselves. Lively partner lessons will add to the learning and the freedom to be experienced in our bodies.
By increasing awareness and fluidity in the spine, students will find new ways of being sensitive to and improving their yoga and other abilities. The improved flexibility and awareness will greatly strengthen whatever discipline you practice.
Those people with chronic or acute tension, stress, stiffness, or pain will find tools specific to their needs that will help in their improvement and often healing.