TransformAction for parents, parents-to-be, caregivers and teachers
Have you ever wondered how a new born baby evolves from an utterly dependent, vulnerable little being to a moving, walking dynamic child? Each level of our evolution revolves around the miracle of how we enter the world and answer the basic drives of nurture, security and survival. With TransformAction we can make the transitions smoother through integrating all our systems.
TransformAction created by Barbara Jones
Built around the tools and principles of Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder and creator of the Feldenkrais Method® with the addition of the HeartMath® experience of heart focused learning.
For parents and parents-to-be it will enable you to deepen your awareness of the needs of your child so that you can support their evolution at this dynamic time of their life. Caregivers and teachers will be able to more fully understand the stages of progress the child is visiting and more fully support the journey.
From the beginning children model themselves on the significant adults in their lives. This can manifest in patterns of walking, expressive head positions, hand gestures and the fine tuning of facial expressions. When we, as adults, have access to positive movement strategies we are able to create a positive framework for the children in our lives. In addition we improve all aspects of our lives, including our relationships, our work and our play.
We try less to achieve more
TransformAction is a movement developmental program consisting of three workshops explored at three levels:
Workshop 1 – Bendy Backs focuses on our primary movements as we take in the first gasp of oxygen upon our arrival in the world
That first independent breath is the transition from the life support of the mother. Becoming a separate individual is momentous. Few make a perfect entry. For many, the nature of arrival and the first breath is traumatic or at the very least a challenging experience.
The first in-breath requires spontaneous flexion of the spine and spontaneous extension for the out-breath. This action supports baby’s first cry – a complex movement driven by need. These movements are essential for us to access our Bendy Backs.
Through gentle movement exploration we can redefine your beginning and lay down a whole new template on which to build your foundations.
Barbara guides the group, encouraging individual exploration and progress within the carefully defined, supportive framework of Awareness Through Movement
Workshop 2 – Twist and Turn with Ease takes us on-wards following the first breath to explore the fine tuning of movements driven through the essential need for nourishment and nurture.
Our primary human sense, the sense of smell, drives the initial rotation of the head and neck. As the infant seeks and searches for nourishment the need for nourishment drives this exploration. This drive creates the rotational integration of the spine from the atlas vertebrae through the whole skeletal structure. The need is fulfilled, nourishment leads to satisfaction and nurture.
A positive experience supports ease, freedom of movement and satisfaction.
While exploring this developmental process you will reclaim the ability to access freedom in your neck and head. You can Twist and Turn with Ease as each vertebra remembers how to freely rotate. Through accessing the primary movements of the mouth and eyes – the head, neck and spine become freer and lighter.
Workshop 3 – Using the Whole Self focuses on the joyful discovery of 360 degree awareness – enabling us to develop a sense of security and safety in the world
Moving from our back to our front with ease requires finely tuned awareness. It is an essential part of an infant’s learning, exploration and development vital for survival. Exploring the world from a different orientation creates the need for finer tuned awareness skills. The need for safety and security begin to evolve. This evolution is developed through playful curiosity and use of our senses. This positive experience helps create a complete sense of self. Whereas when progress is limited, difficulty and frustration sow the seeds of fear and anxiety. This creates an anxious, nervous or even aggressive response to the world where any change can feel threatening.
Using gentle movement you will explore your world from all sides of yourself. Playfully, with the curiosity of a child you begin to feel safe and secure. The health and function of your back can be greatly improved with this easy-to-do workshop. As you learn to Use the Whole Self, you will feel more comfortable with the changing world around you.
These workshops are revisited in sequence at three levels of integration. Each level enables you to visit your early stages of development with freshness and a new perspective. Merging the skills of self-awareness through exploration, creative solutions through curiosity you raise your performance supporting your evolution.
Level 1 Exploration – A back to basics initial access to guided Awareness Through Movement. The lessons are chosen for their direct relationship to movement acquisition. As child begins to move each movement captures a sense of novelty and freshness. You learn how you do what you do and explore ways to do it more efficiently and effectively.
Level 2 Creation – Whilst revisiting the movement pathways explored in Level 1 we begin integrating the heart functions of openness and playfulness. Your curiosity and playfulness will take the Awareness Through Movement lessons to a higher level of integration, interconnection and enjoyment.
Level 3 Evolution – While revisiting the creative integration explored in Level 2 we begin connecting active learning, regenerative emotions with graceful movement. You learn the tools of deeper listening and positive communication as you move into a more coherent state of being. You access the transforming potential within the heart as you connect with the grace of integrated performance.
The images used with thanks. with permission of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America. Copyright 2005, Rosalie O’Connor