A two day workshop delving into the concepts and practices of Ancestral Movement. The weekend will introduce a few foundational principles underlying the science of mind, body, ecology and evolution; and practices for transforming our bodies and our embodied sense of self at the deepest levels.
Practitioners of any and all disciplines working with the body will learn powerful practices to massively increase their own body awareness, physical intelligence, unusual strength and movement skill, understanding of how to work with and reduce injuries, physical learning abilities and sensitivity to the movements of others, and their understanding of human behaviour and our connection to the rest of the living world.
THIS IS A MOVEMENT WORKSHOP! Most of the time will be spent in practice, we will not talk for more than 30 minutes at a time, and the practices will be physically and mentally challenging and demanding, while still accessible to people of all body types and fitness levels.
Things we will cover:
THE PRACTICAL NEUROSCIENCE OF BODY AWARENESS:
Body maps, neuroplasticity, pain and chronic pain, emotion, empathy, communication, associative learning and memory.
AWAKENING THE CENTRAL AXIS:
Spinal freedom and power: simple and extremely effective exercises for mobilising, strengthening and softening around every individual spinal segment in every possible direction, revealing the spine as a sensitive and powerful snake-like structure capable of infinitely complex three dimensional movement and expression.
Abdomen and ribcage control: learning to voluntarily contract, relax and articulate every part of the pelvic floor and the deep muscles of the abdomen and ribcage.
Basic anatomy and physiology of the breathing cycle, implications for health, psychology, meditation and physical performance.
Directed breathing: learning to focus healing attention and direct the movements of the breath with precision into every part of the torso and every part of the spine, releasing chronic tensions and awakening the body from the inside out.
Solo and partner exercises which direct movement, effort and attention into all of the deepest forgotten areas of the body, using rhythmic waves, circles and spirals. Every part of body is softened, strengthened and mobilized in every direction from every angle and then re-integrated with the whole, training the full range of all of the joints and affecting all of the tissues from the skin through the muscles, connective tissues, blood vessels and lymphatic system, the nerves, organs, and bones.
Linking the central axis work with the four limbs reveals ancient patterns of movement that we have in common with other primates, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, fish, and even worms.
The animal or ancestral movement patterns are soft and fluid but extremely athletic. Training these patterns show us more and more clearly the traces of these ancestral forms still existing within our own bodies, and we develop more of the incredible power, grace and resilience of our animal cousins and human ancestors. Through this we gain a far deeper understanding of what is unique and special about human beings and human movement, and begin to feel ourselves as ancient and miraculous beings, fully at home on the earth.
MOVEMENT & CULTURE:
Understanding links between posture, gesture, breathing and voice, feedback loops between the body and the brain, spatial awareness, forbidden movements and inhibition of movement, emotional contagion and entrainment, interspecies empathy, mimicry, tracking and physical theatre, nonverbal communication, cultures of embodiment and connection with the non-human world.
Developing sensitivity, the risks involved, “grounding” and the importance of strength training.
Interactions between different emotions, mind states, postures, movements, and breathing patterns and their effects on the nervous, cardio-vascular, endocrine, and immune systems.
USE OF THE MIND AND IMAGINATION IN PHYSICAL PRACTICE:
Attention and awareness, deliberate cultivation of emotions and active imagination. Meditation, myth, memory and symbols. The storied body. Ancient traditions of mind-body transformation. Songlines, ritual and the art of memory. Body as landscape, landscape as body. The re-enchantment of the body and the world.
A modified version of the “Hun Yuan Qigong” set originally taught by the late Feng Zhi Qiang, as an example of supercharging or layering mind-body practice to contain all of the concepts described above.
Simon has over two decades of experience across a broad range of disciplines, including Chinese medicine and Western physical therapy, massage and bodywork, exercise rehabilitation, Yoga and Yoga therapy, Qigong, Pilates and the Feldenkrais method; Buddhist, Tantric and Daoist meditation and internal exercise; Capoeira, Japanese and Chinese martial arts, boxing and Muay Thai, wrestling and Brazilian Jujitsu, as well as an academic background in biology, anatomy and physiology, medical science, exercise science, neuroscience, and anthropology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science, and postgraduate science degrees in Biodiversity studies and Zoology.
The workshop will be suitable for movement enthusiasts, trainers, athletes, therapists, dancers, actors, meditators, yoga practitioners, people involved in combat sports and martial arts, rehabilitation practitioners, environmental educators, or anyone wishing to move better, feel better, and become more deeply engaged with the natural world through their own bodies.
COST: $500 for the weekend/$300 concession
(HALF PRICE – $250 – for people who attended my workshop in Mullum in 2017, or who have attended a retreat in the last year)
Places will be strictly limited and must be booked in advance.
CONCESSIONS: Those on lower incomes such as students, artists, people with disabilities etc, are all welcome and are invited to pay the reduced rate. Payment plans are advised for professionals who will use the work in their own practices. The concession policy is to keep this important work accessible to everyone, it is not for people to save money so they can pay for festivals, overseas holidays, or other people’s expensive workshops.
Further information about the method can be found here: https://ancestralmovement.com/about/
The Ancestral Movement facebook discussion group is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/954751214582008/
To book a spot or for any other questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0431 166 737