- Most mornings, you woke up feeling rested…
- You could let go of muscle tension at will…
- Your breath felt full and easy…
- It took virtually no effort to sit upright and stand with excellent posture…
- You knew exactly what to do as soon as you felt a twinge, ache, pain, or malaise…
- You enjoyed noticing your body…
- Your body felt like a safe, sturdy place - rather than a burden to lug around…
- You trusted your body to help you make healthy choices rather than fighting to control what you think of as gluttony, lethargy, and tension…
... Would you feel differently than you do right now?
... How would your life change?
... How would your life change?
I want to feel more alive.
I want to look, move,
& feel younger.
I want to move easier.
I want to feel comfortable expressing myself
through my body.
I want my body to better reflect my sense of Self.
I want to stop hating my body.
I want to stop fearing my body and feeling I must fight with it.
I want to know what
my body needs to be healthy and feel good.
I want to trust that my body will support me in my goals.
I want to be Body Literate.
Embodiment (experiencing your body as yourself) unlocks powerful tools for supporting a healthy, connected life. Body Literacy is the development of the fundamental skills of embodiment.
Embodiment is the state of mindfully experiencing life through the outer senses as well as through awareness of our inner sensations. It is the antithesis to detachment, which is a critical component of both hypocrisy and self-destructive behavior. Embodiment practices can be used in the quest for self-understanding, personal growth, and inner peace, as well as for enriching interpersonal relationships. Developing embodiment is a type of mindfulness practice, which has been shown to reduce stress, reduce pain, improve focus, and increase happiness.
Embodiment is also helpful, perhaps necessary, when seeking to use the body in a biomechanically efficient manner. Biomechanically efficient movements reduce wear and tear on muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints. This not only slows the degradation of the body that we have come to accept as part of the aging process, but it generally reduces pain and tension. The power and grace of biomechanically efficient movements also feel good.
Embodiment seems impossibly distant to many people. This is not only due to our cultural suppression of body awareness, it is also due to misinformation and lack of information about how the body works and how it relates to the mind.
Embodiment can be facilitated by teaching Body Literacy. To be body literate is to have the ability to understand the messages one’s body is always sending about it’s inner workings and outer environment. The skills needed to find this understanding can be taught...This is what I do: facilitate embodiment by teaching Body Literacy.
BODY LITERACY Programs
What is “good posture” and how do I get it?
A Rolfer’s approach to understanding relational posture and finding embodied ease.
Preventing Back Pain, Neck Strain, Shoulder Tension and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome -
A workshop for people who sit.
Improving Balance and Aging with Grace -
Think of the stereotypical shuffle of an elderly person's walk. This is both dangerous and preventable. Learn how to prevent dangerous falls and move with fluid, confident, youthful grace, no matter your age or physical condition.
Essential Exercise -
Learn all the components of a movement practice that will bring strength, balance, flexibility, healthy joints and overall wellbeing
Posture, Personality and Pain -
Exploring the links between self-image, attitude, posture, core-support, aging, injury, and relationships.
Defenses, Spontaneity, Authenticity -
Understanding the physical manifestations of psychological coping mechanisms, and developing tools for living freely with integrity.
Sex Shame and Back Pain -
Our culture's suppression of sexuality teaches us to freeze the pelvis in ways that cause pain and dysfunction in the back, neck, hip, shoulder, knee, foot, head, digestion and breathing.
Embodied Voice -
Let the sound of your voice convey the fullness of your presence. Combine sound and movement. Learn resonance in relationship.
This is not a singing class. These breath, movement, and authentic relating exercises will help you convey calm, care, enthusiasm, authority, or whatever you wish through body language and the qualities of your speaking voice.
Introduction to Body Literacy
This four-week program will give you both information and experiences that will enable you to live a more embodied life. Learn how to regulate your nervous system, understand what your body is telling you, untangle dysfunctional cultural beliefs, and begin to change your basic movement habits so that your daily life heals your body rather than wears you down.
Body Literacy 101 -
A life-changing program including 11 weekly group classes and 10 individual Rolfing® sessions.
The Art of Walking -
Walking is the most underrated exercise. Done properly, it can help keep all the major joints of your body healthy, improve digestion, improve your response to stress and feel delightful.
Relational Posture -
Your body language affects how others respond to you, how you perceive the world, and how you feel inside. Practice the body language of how you want to be perceived.