Joy of Delicious Movement

August 6, 2010

“I don’t want to stop! Just a few more times, please?” That’s kids for you—self-indulgent pleasure seekers, hedonists. But wait, I’m hearing that from people who have just reached the “punch Line” of a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson—mature adults who usually groan when they have to lift more than their coffee cup. They’re doing an interesting and unusual movement that they don’t normally do and it feels so great they don’t want to stop. When they’ve make the breakthrough where movement feels so delicious they just want to keep doing it for the pure pleasure of the experience, it brings them back full circle to the discoveries they made as children at play. 
Dr. Stuart Brown,  founder of the National Institute for Play states, “If you don’t understand human movement, you won’t really understand yourself or play.” Moshe Feldenkrais also believed that understanding movement was a key to greater awareness. He stated on more than one occasion that he was more interested in flexible minds than flexible bodies but since it is more difficult to change your mind than your movement he opted to use movement as the vehicle to change people’s minds. Exploring movement for the simple pleasure of moving, without knowing the outcome allows people to be playful and discover what movement is all about. Follow baby Liv as she moves and learns. Her movements develop out of her curiosity to reach out into the world and her joy is derived from the shear pleasure of feeling and sensing—the same concepts built into Awareness Through Movement® lessons.

A Feldenkrais Class by Baby Liv from Irene Gutteridge on Vimeo.

This video clip was produced by Irene Gutteridge, a Feldenkrais practitioner from Whistler, B.C. Thanks you Irene!


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