“We no longer know but there was a time when movement was our language. It was long ago and we can’t remember, but we were born into an alien world in which the first movement was breathing - that sharp inflation of the lungs that brings the first cry. From then on, we struggle and grew into movement, learning on our own, without being taught, how to stretch out and double up, how to hold up our heads, roll over, sit up, creep, crawl and, one triumphant day, to stand, walk.” - Mary Whitehouse
The movement patterns we learned in early childhood are the foundation for everything we do. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) believed that revisiting and clarifying early developmental learning could fine tune the sensorimotor processes that underlie more complex functioning, reduce pain/strain and increase efficiency/ease. The connections that we make on the floor provide essential support for upright action. In this series we will explore developmental movement sequences within a framework of exploratory learning designed to wake up our nervous systems to our potential for ongoing learning and improvement.
“The child does not exercise in the sense a grown- up does, by repeating an action in order to improve it. The child’s attention is directed by curiosity, which is innate in all living things. Repetition in a small child is more often due to the pleasure the act evokes and to its novelty, than to any intent to improve. This state of mind goes together with total satisfaction of oneself and excitement and the absence of desires which tense the body and the spirit. The simple mood, posture, and movement are conditions for learning- which is also growing.” - Moshe Feldenkrais, The Case of Nora
Note: no class Feb 18