AMERTA MOVEMENT SESSIONS
“'This is your body,
Your precious gift,
Pregnant with wisdom you do not hear,
Grief you thought was forgotten,
And joy you have never known.'
Based on 25 years of study with Indonesian Movement master Suprapto Suryadarmo.
as well as training in experiential anatomy, community dance, nature and landscape, meditation and creativity.
exploring the ares of connecting with self, others and the environment through indoor and outdoor work.
We move to relax, receive, understand. We move to blossom and be present to who we really are.
Who is it for?
Anyone interested in an embodied method of developing expression, conscious
awareness and becoming more at home in themselves, in relationships and in the
natural world such as:
therapists and psychotherapists
practitioners of meditation (sitting or moving e.g. mindfulness meditation,
chi gang, yoga, vipassana)
practitioners of yoga or other movement art forms.
anyone else - people with no previous experience of movement based
practice are also welcome!
What happens in a session?
We may meet indoors, or, if you wish to work with landscape, in a
beautiful outdoor setting (woods, meadow, beach, mountain).
Generally a session will follow the following structure:
Movement to warm up the physical body, open to the space, the present moment and whatever may be present for you on that day.
Check in time: a verbal conversation where the client speaks about how they are, what they noticed from their warm up, asks questions or shares if there is anything specific that they wish to work with.
Returning to movement to explore specific topics/themes. This may include guidance either through verbal cues, movement and /or sound to support your chosen theme, or giving guidance on what i see may m=be ready to pen and blossom.The intention is always to support you where you are already at, to support development of your embodiment, your movement skills, sensory awareness, connection to space, communication, or whatever it is that seems ready to evolve, open and /or be transformed. This might include guidance on working with specific movement themes.
Closing and integration. Using writing, art making or talking for understanding and conscious integration of what arose during the session.
Home practice. I may suggest themes to explore at home, either in daily life or in time set aside for personal movement practice.
What is it?
it's quite simple really!
There are no steps to learn - each movement is uniquely your own.
There is nothing you can do wrong!
It is founded in the body's own wisdom and knowing. The body knows how to respond,
what it needs. Movement comes from daily life; we already know in our DNA, muscles,
bones and cells what to do.
Often movement stems from familiar and simple gestures such as sitting, lying, walking,
standing, rolling, stretching, reaching. We may explore big movements like jumping,
running, walking rolling, or tiny movements; the turn of the head, fingers opening, toes
wiggling...the possibilities are endless! We may find ourselves doing something entirely
new and unexpected.
You may have your own movement background already (dance or yoga for example) and
this can be part of what happens too.
Sometimes focus moves to breath, to sound, to the senses, sometimes stillness and resting. It may move into the space and environment around us, or to another person, or perhaps we remain contained within our own internal or sensory experience.
Perhaps we have forgotten the joyful, curious, open hearted, physical way of being that we had as children. As children we knew how to move, and when. It was our way of learning and being curious, of making connections. we explored, we learned, we felt part of.
This work is a way of remembering that, being that, again.
It's often surprising what happens, and always very touching, because it's heartfelt, real and honest.
It also becomes a way to deeply receive the impulse of life: it flows through us finding expression, not only our own life, but the life of everything. We become like receptors that can relate to and begin to express something of the world around us: perhaps the air, a physical urge, the ocean, another moving body.
Our movement can become reflective, expressive, an offering, a prayer, a ritual, an act of creativity.
What are the benefits?
Feel more connected and fluid in your physical body.
Express yourself and build a compassionate connection with your
Become more connected with yourself on all levels: body, senses,
sensations, breath, feeling, thoughts, behavioural habits, emotions, memories.
develop interpersonal skills: gain understanding of relationship and
communication patterns and develop your skills in these areas. Play with
expression and communication, as well as listening and receiving
Learn to have a relaxed, open awareness, experiencing what is going on
in yourself and your environment
Open to play, spontaneity, creativity, healing, prayer, ritual...whatever
arises in each moment and is ready to happen
Transform old patterns and habits and open up to new ways of moving and
experiencing yourself and the world
Be deeply and profoundly connected, touched and moved by life itself
Acquire a tool that empowers you to experience life more fully, become more
alive, open, joyful, connected and sensitive to life and the world around you.
E65 per hour session.