We are currently running classes regularly in Canberra:
Mondays, 6-7:30pm at Emmaus primary school, Davenport st, Dickson (outdoors)
Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm at Downer playing fields, Bonython st (outdoors)
Wednesdays 6-7:30pm at Praksis movement studio, Dundas ct, Phillip (indoors)
The “natural movement” concept is very, very general. So general that it has actually become controversial, with many people who seem to believe that it can’t actually be defined. My own take on it is really just that natural movement is everything humans have evolved to be able to do. Sitting at a desk typing and moving a mouse around is natural movement, it’s just not really something we need to practice more of. Some other forms of natural movement that perhaps we might like to practice could be: balancing, climbing, lifting, throwing, carrying, or wrestling; crawling or brachiating; swimming; spinal undulations or making circles and spirals with the tailbone or each individual vertebral segment; rolling, cartwheeling, jumping, spinning; or dancing; different ways of breathing or different forms of vocalization; sneaking, hiding, moving silently or without being seen.
So these classes are very much about exploration. “Fitness” is a side effect. Movement is the means and the end. We are exploring what a human is, what a human has been in the past and might be in the future. We are also exploring our entire pre-human ancestry, as recorded in our body structures, sensory systems and movement patterns. So in a single class we might practice everything from subtle movements to explore all of the hidden joints and muscles of the feet, to brachiating like gibbons on the monkey bars, to all-out sumo wrestling.
For enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text 0431166737
Here is the link to our “Natural Movement Canberra” Facebook group.
And here’s the “about” spiel for the group:
“NATURAL MOVEMENT!” Strength, mobility, agility of the whole body and each individual part. Freedom of movement in every direction from every position: lying down, sitting, kneeling squatting all-fours and standing. Every possible variation of rolling, crawling, squatting, walking running jumping balancing lifting throwing and wrestling! Incorporating concepts and methods from any and every culture and tradition, including Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Qigong, Capoeira, Chinese Japanese and Russian martial arts, dance, Movnat, Parkour and the Methode Naturelle, oldschool strength training, Monkey Gym and gymnastics. An ongoing exploration of human ancestry through MOVEMENT in different environments.
Safe, progressive training involves gradual skill aquisition, re-hab and “pre-hab” of all joints, muscles and connective tissues, so classes are open to everyone regardless of prior training, age, gender or physical fitness (minors must be accompanied by and adult).