Movement Rehabilitation Through Experiential Awareness (SM)
For the past 10 years I have been expanding my approach to therapeutic bodywork and teaching movement, which I call Dynamic Balanced Movement.
After many years of practicing therapeutic bodywork and doing movement work with bodywork clients -working with clients to help them move with more ease using exercises I developed along with hands-on and verbal guidance, as well as working with their physical therapy/strength training exercises and their yoga asanas to find ways for them to do these things that bring more ease as they increase strength and range of motion- and teaching movement in other settings (including dance and yoga), I connected all the dots, so to speak, and was able to "thread" common principles and practices through all aspects of my work/teachings.
In the past 3 years I have distilled and refined my approach. Moving to a Zoom/Distance format 2.5 years ago led me to refine even more, and studying Zoga Movement Therapy and Body-Mind Centering expanded my skills.
I am now adding the phrase "Movement Rehabilitation Through Experiential Awareness" to the list of "What I Do".
I incorporate this in some form into my therapeutic bodywork, movement, and stress reduction sessions and classes.
Yes, I still offer hands-on, in-person, therapeutic bodywork sessions where my client comes in, lies down on the table, and receives manual therapy (Dynamic Rebalancing, Zero Balancing, or therapeutic massage).
I also am doing more movement sessions in my private practice- working with clients on their physical therapy /strength training exercises or yoga asanas, as well as exercises I create. I am continuing to teach on Zoom, and am expanding the classes/sessions I teach via Zoom.
As always, I encourage you to look through the rest of my website, and to contact me for additional information.
Below is an excerpt from an international journal of physical therapy that relate to the work I do.
"....Movement awareness (i.e. becoming aware of, identifying and monitoring subtle nuances of movement quality) can be described as how movements are performed and experienced, identifying movement reactions of internal, relational and environmental conditions (Skjaerven, 2019). The definitions of movement awareness and body awareness overlap. Ginzburg, Tsur, Barak-Nahum, and Defrin (2014) described body awareness as sensitivity to bodily signals to become aware of bodily states and to identify subtle bodily reactions. Body awareness is a complex, multi-dimensional construct (Mehling et al., 2011). Mehling et al. (2011) defined body awareness as the subjective, phenomenological aspect of proprioception and interoception that enters conscious awareness, modifiable by mental processes such as attention or attitudes. The phenomenon of movement awareness offers a specific focus on human movement and differs from body awareness, which is more general (Skjaerven and Gard, 2018). According to Brown and Ryan (2003), awareness is derived from human consciousness and experiences, and includes being relaxed and present. Movement awareness is expressed in the body and can be observed through observing movement quality (Skjaerven, Gard, and Kristoffersen, 2008; Skjaerven, Kristoffersen, and Gard, 2010), which in turn expresses bodily self-consciousness (Gyllensten, 2012). Movement quality and movement awareness are closely related (Skjaerven and Gard, 2018). Penfield (2006) described movement as our “royal road” to the unconscious. Being in movement focuses on understanding the value and qualities of human movement from the individual’s perspective (Arnold, 1979; Brown, 2013)..." (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09593985.2020.1868028)