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The Feldenkrais Method: Your whole is greater than the sum of your parts.
April 1, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Opening creative channels with the Feldenkrais Method
Is creativity a magical power possessed only by musicians, painters, dancers and other “artists”? Or is it an innate human quality that we all possess, a rich resource that can improve anyone’s life, regardless of age, profession or any other circumstance? If it is, in fact, a universal quality, then why do we so often define people, including ourselves, as being “more” or “less” creative? What can we do to open up our creative channels?
The Feldenkrais Method® is a unique approach to human development that uses a combination of movement and directed attention to create transformational change. Each weekend at Artomatic, Seth Dellinger, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, will offer a special Awareness Through Movement class designed to help you free up your movement as well as your thinking.
Each class will involve gentle and novel movement explorations where there is no one “correct” way of doing things, helping you to uncover self-defeating habitual patterns of movement and thinking in order to renew your possibilities. As Moshe Feldenkrais famously said, “When you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want!”
All classes will involve lying on the floor, so please bring a mat or exercise blanket if you will need it rest comfortably. No special clothing is required so long as it is comfortable and loose-fitting.
Sat 4/1 – Your whole is greater than the sum of your parts . . .
How does that house cat move so beautifully when he jumps from the floor up onto your kitchen table? By using his whole self! Lucky guy, he never took an anatomy class – learn what whole-body action means. What new ideas arise when you stop dividing yourself into parts?
Sun 4/9 – Strengthen your creative backbone . . .
How stable is the structure that holds you upright in the world? Does your spine move freely or do your low back and neck do all the work? What would happen if you didn’t try to be “straight”, but, instead, let your spine move the way it wants?
Sun 4/16 – Re-organize your eyes to see more of the horizon . . .
Do your different parts come into conflict when you ask your body to try something new? What if your eyes, neck, shoulder and hips all had a mind of their own and were free to go their own separate ways? What would happen when they came back together again?
Sat 4/22 – Find more of the ground under your feet . . .
How did the human species survive before shoes and paved sidewalks? With flexible feet and creative spontaneity! Rediscover the souls of your feet to let the world carry you on its shoulders (not the other way around!) . . .
Sun 4/30 – When movement becomes prayer . . .
How do you move when your intention is to connect to a power larger than what you can see? How does it affect the quality of prayer when you become acutely aware of the physical experience of your body in the midst of divine communication?
About Seth Dellinger:
Seth Dellinger is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® and a firm believer in the transformative powers of curiosity and creativity. He discovered the Feldenkrais Method® in 2011 and was immediately drawn to the spirit of “biological optimism” that is embodied in this unique somatic approach. In his classes, he emphasizes the potential for every individual to discover new possibilities for more comfortable and joyful movement. He strives to create a safe a playful atmosphere where child-like exploration is encouraged and celebrated.
An enthusiast of parkour and contact improvisation, Seth co-leads the experimental ¡DC Movement Research! group along with contemporary dancer Juliana Pongutá. He is currently collaborating with local dance legend Michelle Ava, founder of Joy of Motion dance center, to produce a multi-media stage show to be presented in July 2017. Seth is also the central organizer of the DC Feldenkrais Festival, a free day-long event that has been held five times since Fall 2014. He has taught classes in many local venues and made special presentations at the University of Maryland Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the Dance Educators Training Institute of the Baltimore County Public School System.
Seth teaches regular group classes and works with individual clients by appointment. For more information, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org . Seth’s blog is online at www.MoveLikeAChild.wordpress.com