Grounding and Balance Workshop
A Workshop Series to help you find balance as we begin 2024!
Instructor: Fritha Pengelly
*All times Eastern Time Zone*
January 18, 2024, 10:30am-11:30am
January 19, 2024, 3:15pm-4:15pm
January 20, 2024, 11:30am-12:30pm
“A Martian visitor would not hesitate to conclude that the human body is the closest to an ideal frame designed for movement and the least suited for standing motionless.” – Moshe Feldenkrais, from ‘Body and Mature Behavior’
What does it mean to be ‘grounded?’ How can we improve our balance? As humans we stand on a relatively small base of support, and our center of gravity is high – making us a fairly unstable species. Moshe Feldenkrais understood this relationship and actually described ‘good posture’ as the ability to move in any direction without hesitation. In other words, our balance is dependent upon a dynamic stability, not a static one.
In this workshop we will explore how to find clear support through the skeleton in relationship to the ground for ease of movement and a sense of stability. We may discover how stability and balance are actually deeply tied to our ability to move ourselves in many directions and not just our capacity for strength. When we find this support and clarity in our skeletons, we lessen the pressures on our soft tissues and reduce general wear and tear on our joints. Overall muscular tension is also reduced as we depend more on our skeleton for support rather than muscular effort. In turn, this reduction in excess muscular tone provides us more mobility and ease and therefore more access to capacity for various, and continuous, necessary adjustments to gravity to maintain balance!
Perhaps we can discover that feeling grounded and balanced means we feel light and at ease, not heavy and static!