How Your Hands Influence the Flexibility of Your Back
Series III: November 3, 10, 17, 24
In this four class series we’ll use Awareness Through Movement® lessons that explore the reciprocal relationship between the hands and the back. We’ll examine how to use the strong muscles of the truck to free the shoulders and neck to allow for lighter, easier movement of the arms, wrists and fingers. And we’ll use the arms and hands to create situations for the back and neck to adapt with more suppleness. These classes will use gentle movements combined with awareness to find possibilities of moving the back and hands in more integrated and connected ways. Anyone looking to reduce tension in their shoulders and neck is encouraged to attend.
In the subtitle to Moshe Feldenkrais’ book Awareness Through Movement he describes the process as “Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, and Personal Awareness.” In these structured movement lessons, the teacher uses a combination of pleasant, purposeful movement and guided attention to lead the class through particular patterns of movement and action. Unlike traditional exercise, where the objective is to burn calories, stretch or train willpower for its own sake, Awareness Through Movement® lessons teach us how to reduce unnecessary muscular effort and improve our awareness of our whole self in action. This emphasis on sensory learning results in movement that is more flexible, pleasurable and free from aches and pains.
Open to everyone, no experience necessary. Please wear socks and warm clothing that allows for easy movement.