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Use the body to create
movement with volume.

In the world of movers there is a
tendency to see the movement as
one clear shape. It's as if the body
should turn into a perfect
representation of form. But seeing
our body only as a tool for form and
shape, will stop the movement flow,
and leave out the most important
tool, which is volume; the breath of
movement.

As a teacher and as a mover I have
asked myself many times, how I
could change my mind's perception
of form and I came to the conclusion
that form is not an appropriate word.
It confuses the meaning of how one
feels the movement. The problem
seems to lie more in feeling or
sensing the volume of the form,
which reaches far beyond the limits
of the thinking mind's form,
than it is about becoming the form.
In other words we work against our
selves by thinking form; it makes us
stop the energy and the
flow of the movement.

This can be related to every single
body part. The skeleton is the
structure of our body, it supports and
protects our organs, muscles and
nerves.The awareness of where our
bones connect helps create and
understand the volume inside the
body. For instance; visualizing the
connection between the pubic bone
and the throat makes you feel the
hamstrings more, relaxes the
quadriceps and opens up the
perception of range and volume
inside the body. It gives you an
awareness of the directions inside
the joints; the sensing of
the horizontal direction of the

trochanter majors frees the hips,
releases unnecessary tension and
brings more space into the hips; it
unlocks the sacrum. The feet and
legs get heavier, which gives you a
support and leads you to the center
of gravity. We focus on unlocking
and releasing strength. The
releasing of what we don't need will
let us feel the support.This is the
main focus throughout the work with
the inner body.

 

 

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The 3D body volume.
Another important focus during the
workshop is the understanding, that
our bodies are not only back and
front surfaces; they have side, top
and bottom surfaces too.
Understanding this gives the body
a 3 dimensional volume. However,
in order to understand or feel the
volume on the inside, one must
become aware that the breath is
entering the body, it moves through
us inside the bronchi's, the lungs
and the diaphragm. It comes from
the inside of our body because we
breathe the air in from the outside.
You could say that the body is
volume in a voluminous space - it
has 3 dimensions!

I noticed that somehow the 3
dimensionality is easier for one to
feel or sense than to see and that
it is a strong tool to use in order to
let the body become volume.
In the workshop we'll work on how
to be able to sense the dimensions
of the body instead of only seeing
them.

Bodywork, where you use a
partner's touch to become aware of
the volume inside the body, is a very
good way to connect with the body's
dimensions. Here it's important to
understand that volume is not about
collapsing or dropping, it's about
directions. Volume can be described
as a feeling of floating and you can
only float if you are connected to
your body's directions in space, if
your body is not tense through
muscle force. Floating gives the
movements a feeling of being soft
and round. The movements move
inside the body and find their energy
by seeking inside the body and not
by extending from the outside. If we
extend the movement then there is
no place for the energy to expand.

The paradox of extension is that one
has to go in to make the movement
come out. An example, which we will
work with in the workshop, is feeling
the directions of the trochanter
majors widening horizontally, which
makes volume inside the pelvis
and frees the hips, which frees the
knees, which again frees the ankles
and makes your feet go down into
the floor. It's like unlocking the
energy in a habitual chain system.
This helps gravity to become a clear
and free sensation.

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