Discover Beautiful Movement – Explore Your Body Map

Does the experience of “proper posture” feel uncomfortable?  Are you experiencing pain or fatigue while practicing your instrument or performing day to day activities? Does your breathing feel limited or restricted?  It may be helpful to explore your body map.

The Body Map

Our body map is our brain’s internal representation of our body.  We build this multi-layered map, largely unconsciously, throughout our lives with the help of our sense of touch and movement. And like any acquired information, our body map can have accuracies and inaccuracies.  This means that our body map may accurately represent our true anatomical structure to our brain, or it may not. Most often it is a mixture of both.

The accuracy of our body map is important because all of our movement is governed by our body map.

If our body map has small inaccuracies, our movement is uncomfortable and limited.  If our body map has large inaccuracies, or inaccuracies in areas we use frequently, then our movement can become awkward, painful and injury-producing.

Defining Body Mapping

Body Mapping is a method of learning to bring the body map into awareness and retraining it to reflect our true anatomical structure.  When we move with awareness of our body’s design, work is distributed more evenly through the body.  With each body part doing only what is required and no more, movement requires less effort, feels natural and looks beautiful.

Body Mapping Foundations Workshop:
What Every Person Needs to Know About the Body

 

The aim of this day workshop is to cultivate awareness of our mindbody system and establish tools to develop or deepen our sense of ease in the movements of daily life.

 

This workshop will address:

-Kinesthetic awareness & exploring effort
-Sensing our centre of support
-Noticing our attention with inclusive awareness & mindfulness practices
-Introduction to the Body Mapping Method
-Common structural misconceptions or “mismappings” relating to our spine, arms, legs and breathing
-Discussion and exploration of how these mismappings can affect free and efficient movement.
-Basic movement & awareness practices to integrate the day’s work in free, whole body movement

 

Participants have the option to receive an audio recording of an awareness exercise to support ongoing practice. A summary information sheet with resources will also be available.

 

The Body Mapping Foundations Workshop is offered in a one day Saturday session, or in two weekday sessions.

This workshop is suitable for participants both new to and with some previous experience in Body Mapping & Awareness work.

 

One Day Saturday Workshops:

Location: Guidonian Therapy Clinic, 38 Dupont St. E. Waterloo ON

Date: Saturday February 29th, April 4th, or May 23rd

Time: 9:30am-2:30pm

Cost: $80

Registration Deadline: Wed. February 19th, April 1st, May 20th

 

Two Part Weekday Workshop:

Location: Guidonian Therapy Clinic, 38 Dupont St. E. Waterloo ON

Date: Part 1 – Wednesday March 11th and Part 2 Wednesday March 18th

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Cost: $80/ Part 1&2

Registration Deadline: Friday February 28th

 

For more info / to register, contact:

kschasny@gmail.com or (519)-883-7225

Workshops are available in different presentation lengths and the course material can be tailored to specific instruments or groups: What Every Pianist, String Player, Wind Player, Singer, Person … etc. Needs to Know About the Body.

Workshop material is covered using images, anatomical models, movement explorations & awareness practices.  During the Musician Focused Workshops, there are opportunities to try new movements and concepts with your instrument throughout the day and in a master class setting at the end of the workshop.