Body Mapping – Finding Your Way Home
What makes a top athlete, circus performer and professional dancer so much different than the rest of us? They have invested hours of refining their body maps in relation to an activity they are passionate about.
We all have marvelous systems within us that allow us to know where we are in space, the relationship to objects in the space around us, the relationship of one body part to another and much more.
Have you ever taken a step off a curb or stair where you anticipated it was nearer than it really was? Ooops, a very funny feeling to be caught with your perception the tiniest bit off the mark. For the most part, these fabulous internal systems are running in the background, out of our awareness.
When you observe yourself or others learning a new skill, you see they slow down, pay attention and get very absorbed in what they are doing. As humans, we are incredible learning machines. We see it from the start, a baby mentoring itself through movement acquisition – no way to Google, no manual to read, no computer software to help, only its own “wetware,” the juicy flesh that embodies these wondrous built-in systems.
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® is a way to get engrossed in expanding the maps that live inside of us. Taking the time to slow down and pay close attention to yourself, in the way this method provides, is a way to feel more at home in your body, in your own skin. Consider taking the time towards a more embodied life. DO FELDENKRAIS!