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"If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want" - Moshe Feldenkrais
Developing an awareness of one's own body and movement practice is an important piece of the acro/life puzzle. Through my Feldenkrais training, I have continued to improve my mental blueprint of who I am: how I feel in a somatic experience, how I react to my external environment, how I learn, and how I interact with others, among other things. The beauty is really in the subtle and ever-evolving nature of learning through the Feldenkrais Method®. Although I am only past the first portion of an eight-session Feldenkrais training, I can already see how amazing this approach to learning is, and how the practice extends to a way of living.
I love the focus on self-regulation and self-organization in Feldenkrais. By accessing the intelligence of the nervous system, humans can learn through play in a safe environment. This concept is one that I strive to apply in my acro and movement practices. Although acro is a partner practice, I take responsibility for my personal self-development through a solo practice. For example, maintaining a handstand practice is something that I enjoy. By taking out one variable of the equation (another person), I can focus on my personal progress and, as a result, improve the quality of my interpersonal movement-based relationships (flyer/base connection in acro, specifically) because I have worked on myself in an individual capacity.
I actually find it quite difficult to explain my Feldenkrais experiences because so much of it takes place on a level that I have not accessed regularly in the past. Many of my learning experiences have taken place in an academic environment, where the message is, "push, push, and be better than everyone else!"
Hello adrenal fatigue. o.O
I am incredibly grateful that the Feldenkrais Method found me, and I look forward to evolving at the edge of my comfort zone through a process of self-reflection and exploration.
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