An embodied-relational movement workshop for people who want to work with words and movement, body and mind, to explore more authentic and satisfying connection with themselves and others.
Contact is the way in which we come into relationship with each other. As social beings, we are hard wired to seek out contact with others and yet depending on our early childhood experiences, we may develop psychological and embodied patterns which make relational contact with others problematic.
In this workshop, we will use dance, movement, structured group process, breath, touch and bodywork to explore our habitual contact styles and how to soften the blocks that get in the way of us enjoying satisfying and authentic relational contact. The focus will be on exploring contact through both verbal and non-verbal dialogues and the richness that comes when we move between both channels, honouring the power of words and the wisdom of the moving body.
What We Will Cover:
We will explore how relational contact involves moving through a cycle of 4 stages: self-contact, initiating contact with an other, maintaining contact with an other while staying self-connected, and withdrawal from contact. All of us find some part of this cycle challenging in our relationships! Although it's something we negotiate with people many times a day, by slowing down this process and looking at each stage in depth, we can start to become more conscious of what is happening and where we encounter the habitually difficult places.
We will develop our ability to say 'Yes' and 'No' to contact and communicating clear boundaries. Paradoxically, when we can trust ourselves to say 'No' to contact we don't want, or to withdraw from contact when we have had enough, it can feel safer to let people in or come close.
Using techniques from somatically-focused trauma therapy, we will work with the concept of self-regulation and grounding. By being aware of sensations in the body, we can learn how to track arousal in the nervous system. This can help us learn to stay within the 'Window of Tolerance' and gauge from an embodied place what type and level of contact feels safe, manageable and nourishing.
Drawing from Reichian-based breath and bodywork, we will explore early childhood experiences of contact with our caregivers/environment and work with simple but powerful exercises to soften and release defensive patterns which developed in the body-mind.
Future date to be confirmed.
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