course code: WS617
teaching spirals and diagonals
with babette markus
monday aug 10, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: GEMS-028, Graduate Entry Medical School (ground level)
H hands on A activity
We will take a comprehensive look at the amazing role of spiral movement in our lives.
There will be a brief overview of the anatomical origins of spirals in our species development. We’ll start with our first volitional movements – the infant rooting for the breast. This is the emergence of primary control, which establishes the essential organization of our vertebrate behavior, head leading the spine into length and width as we discover the world. We’ll re-experience our own Developmental Movement patterns, beginning with rolling over, connecting arms into the back, sitting up, crawling, squatting, and walking.
Next, we’ll explore working on our students with diagonals on the table. (This is an experience not to miss, if you’ve never had the pleasure!) Finally we’ll connect all that to walking, and guiding our students through warm-ups that facilitate spiral movement.
Encouraging more ribcage/pelvis opposition using Primary Control enhances the integration of the whole torso and connects us to our powerful animal bodies. This rotational action generates a three dimensionality in our movement. Inhabiting our own space with our fullest presence links us to the expanded awareness model of mind/body/emotional integration – the hallmark of the Alexander Technique.