Thoughts on Clocks

March 10, 2014

I have always used the pelvic clock as one of the “bread and butter” lessons of the method and dutifully taught it knowing the benefits that it would have for clients.  However, it wasn’t until I revisited all of the related lessons this past week that I began to realize the infinite possibilities for including circles and clocks in FI and ATM.  Over the next few weeks I will play with these ideas as I work with clients on the road to discover the possibilities contained in the circle. 

If you are interested in doing many of the ATM lessons without having to read transcripts, you may enjoy the Awareness Through Movement Audio Lesson.



With the clock turning back an hour tonight, it's time to share my "thoughts on analog clocks:"

  • The clock is a classic symbol
  • A clock is divided into 12 equal segments which are easily held in the imagination
  • A clock has hands which is a useful image for doing arm circles
  • We can watch time marching on as the second hand sweeps around the clock dial and if we observe very carefully we can see the minute hand creep along marching through the minutes—another useful image when giving clock ATMs
  • The 12 major divisions of an analog clock are easily manipulated 
  • A clock demands precision—there is no room for slipshod workmanship where a clock is concerned or it would not give the exact time—we can’t have five degrees between 12 and 1 and 7 degrees between 7 and 8 or time would be skewed.  This precision makes a clock face the ideal image to use for learning precision of movement in the body.
  • The clock face gives us the opportunity to explore an almost infinite number of possibilities and relationships.  When exploring the possibilities it is akin to learning scales on the piano with all of the possible variations in tempo, timing and direction—around the perimeter, through the center, arcs, semicircles, pie slices, and figure eights.
  • There is something comforting about a wrist watch encircling your arm that ticks away the minutes, needs winding and doesn’t use a battery that needs replacing once a year.  We need to pay attention to a time piece that requires something from us other than a cursory glance.



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