Each class will focus upon a different area of the body, beginning with those that are more peripheral and accessible and progressing to broader and deeper structures, all the way to the core and the skeleton itself. In addition to movement instruction and relevant anatomy for each progressing class, Deane will be addressing how the movements are affecting the various systems of the body: the nervous system, the connective tissue matrix, the skeleton and its joints, balance, breath, fluidity and free circulation in all fluids in the body.
Hands and Arms
• Addressing issues in the wrists, elbows and shoulder sockets
• How to seek our novel movements and the novel sensations they produce
• Feeling the liquid bounce and shimmer of the tissues, their fluidity
• Feeling the active elongation of muscle fibers and the relaxation of restrictive patterns
• Lifting Their Burden on the Ribcage
• Exploring the entire “jacket” of muscles related to the shoulder that encases the ribcage and attaches to every vertebra.
• Using the weights and momentum of movement to expand and soften this “jacket”
• Using a variety of gravity’s vectors (hanging and swinging from different angles) to provide space for the underlying ribs and breath
• Beginning to address mobility of the thoracic spine
Feet and Legs
• Addressing issues in the feet, ankles, knees and hip sockets
• Beginning to open the lumbar spine
• Connecting to the soles of the feet and their key sensory role in balance
• Feeling weight in the joints and their sensory role in balance
• Development of physical and mental grounding
• Blending strong support (yang) with sensitivity (yin)
• Establishing the pelvis as the central skeletal-muscular structure of our bodies
• Exploring the extensiveness of the musculature related to the pelvis, from the sacrum up to every rib, from pelvis down to below the knees, the abdominal wall and the viscera
• Mobilizing he pelvis as “the bridge that walks”
• Freeing and stabilizing the pelvis and sacrum as the foundations of the spine and support of the upper body
• Movements to unify shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle, legs, feet and spine
• Adding the cervical column to the lumbar and thoracic columns
• Extensively reviewing and deepening practice of all the previous classes
• Moving the spinal core and its deepest muscles
• Freeing every vertebra for flexibility forward, backward, side-bending, rotation and axial lengthening
Putting It All Together
• Unify the organic wholeness of the body system
• The subtleties of heightened sensory awareness are never-ending.
• The body and its sensations are always in the present moment of “now”.
• The conscious mind tends to flicker between the past and the future. Attentiveness to the body’s “now” is a powerful way to ground consciousness in the “now”.
• The mind is far more than brain. The intimate intertwining of body and mind is co-extensive throughout our organism.
• This intertwining is the source of our life force, and a gateway to spiritual consciousness.
• By means of this self-development approach, we can become more comfortable in our skins, more effortless and fluid in our movements, and more peaceful in our minds.
• The opposite of stress is joy.