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There is so much more to muscles than resistive exercises and stretching! Muscles have their own inner world and interrelationships that, when explored, open up another way of knowing and experiencing movement.
In this series of classes, we will gently engage our muscles from a feltsense of their inherent integrity, intelligence, and coordination. Bonnie’s perspective through all her work is that the embodiment of local tissues plays a foundational role in the emergence and expression of touch, movement, and consciousness. This series of classes will continue with this perspective as applied to muscles.
The body, movement, and consciousness are explored from the direct experience and action of our muscles themselves, not just from the brain telling the muscles what to do.
When muscles are engaged in this way, movement is automatic, spontaneous, and specific and body tone becomes more balanced. This approach gives rise to vitality, strength, flexibility, flow, and ease, and informs and engages a whole-body response through the fascial matrix.
Exploring the body at this level gives us a path to directly connect with the ‘mind’ of our muscles and provides a dynamic foundation for brain-oriented, consciously-directed movement.
This series of classes is for you if you would like to:
Increase vitality, strength, flexibility, flow, and ease through your muscles
Improve comfort in your muscles
Relieve excessive tension, tightness, strain, weakness, and/or exhaustion in your muscles
Move more naturally with greater ease and skill
Learn to dialogue with your muscles and establish a personal relationship with them
Embody and understand from inner experience how muscles engage in both stillness and action
Expand awareness through the inherent consciousness of muscles
It will help you:
understand how muscles function in embodied integrated movement
change the way you think about and engage with your muscles
maintain a stable, balanced posture
transmit a local force throughout the body via the fascial matrix
coordinate the muscle line of force with the spatial integrity of the bones, joints, ligaments, and fascia
calibrate peripherally the force needed to move against a given resistance
As we journey through the world of muscles, we will discover how:
- muscles on both sides of a joint need to be active in balanced postural tone and movement
- primaries (agonists) partner with complements (antagonists)in the execution of integrated movement
- shortening (concentric) contractions and lengthening (eccentric) contractions vary in the presence of gravity and spatial intent
- isometric contractions relate to postural tone and stillness
sense organs (proprioceptors) in muscles and tendons can self-calibrate and play a role in the initiation of movement and establishment of postural tone
- muscle complexes can be sequenced through a process of muscle currenting
- small muscles passing over one joint coordinate with larger muscles passing over more than one joint for ease and full range of motion
- sense of position (proprioception) relates to our sense of movement (kinesthesia) as dynamic proprioception
paired A-muscles and B-muscles engage the fascia into a whole-body movement with spatial intent
sequencing of A-muscles and B-muscles integrates movements in opposite directions into a single action and increases the range of motion in both directions (4 stages of a muscle action)
- in efficient movement, every muscle has the potential of serving eight different roles or functions, regardless of their specific action (8 functions of a muscle)
physically engaging 3-dimensional space integrates the muscle/fascial matrix (spatial aspects of movement)
proprioceptors (intrafusal muscle fibers (nuclear bags and nuclear chains) and Golgi tendon organs) calibrate and guide the strength, length, and quality of a muscle contraction and integrate with the fascial matrix
- embodying the embryological development of muscles and tendons illuminates how tendons direct the action of muscles
These principles can be applied to any muscle in the body. This series of classes focuses on the iliopsoas complex and specific muscles of the elbow and knee.
Join Bonnie for this exciting, continuing journey into embodying muscles and discovering movement that is easy, fluid, flexible, powerful, and fun!
Bonnie may return to the same material in some classes and present it again from different perspectives. The specific principles explored in each class can be very helpful, even life changing. Underneath the principles, Bonnie offers a way to learn a way to access your body and mind, a way to relate to yourself and others that emerges from the deeply rooted knowing of your cells.
This way of learning is not a one-time exposure to a piece of information – it is a practice in a way of perceiving through which you learn from your own cellular experience. Exploring the material outside of classes is an important way to continue your practice and deepen your embodiment and understanding.
Bonnie shares insights and principles drawn from her 50 years of pioneering work in an embodied approach to anatomy, developmental movement, embryological development, and psychophysical integration. In each class, cellular consciousness guides our explorations.
The material presented in this series can be applied to any practices involving movement and/or touch. There are no prerequisites for taking these classes.
Participants should have some experience with movement practices (dance, yoga, Pilates, martial arts, etc.), somatic approaches, bodywork, and/or psychophysical disciplines. No previous experience with Body-Mind Centering® is necessary.
Join Bonnie with a sense of curiosity and inquiry about the body, movement, and consciousness.
12 class recordings (87 - 117 minutes each)
- 1 supplementary class (123 minutes)
- 35 downloadable documents and illustrations
A list of the material Bonnie presented in each class can be found on our Embodying Our Muscles Part 1 and 2 Class Index.
CLASS 1 OF EMBODYING OUR MUSCLES PART 1 IS FREE!