Archive for December, 2008

Doing the dishes

As I wash the dishes this morning, I watch the bubbles lather up, and the dishes get clean. I transfer what I see to my shoulders and imagine that as I clean, I am actually cleaning all the tension out of my shoulders. The water runs down my back, and takes with it all the grime and unwanted thoughts and emotions- leaving my shoulders blades gleaming and clean, the muscles free and bouncy and my neck released and elastic. Suddenly my breath is more free and easy, and I am ready for the day.



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Melting shoulders and soften


Watching the snow settle on the trees today as I walk through the park. I imagine that the snow is settling, resting, softly on my shoulders- like a soft cloak of clouds. As I breathe it melts, and takes with it any tension that has accumulated there (from carrying heavy bags yesterday). As the sun shines down, I feel the muscles that lay over my scapulars sink, and soften, and breath as they release their tension and effort. You can be soft now. Thank you for all the hard work you have done.

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It’s 8am, and it’s snowing outside. It looks amazing settling on the trees outside my NYC apartment.

I woke up this morning dreaming about Franklin Method. I was walking and walking and feeling all the bone ryhthms in my body all syncronizing together. My attension moved from my feet to my pelvis, up to my head and then down my spine, my clavicals and femurs… And then it all paints itself into one awesome picture. Oiling and dancing and awakening each part of me and then connecting it as one whole.


It’s such an amazing feeling- I’m trying to find the words to describe it. Hmmm. It’s like…. Ok, try this: close your eyes and imagine someone cleaning you out- wringing out all the old cloggy, stuckness and bring in bright energy of possibilities, freedom and movement. Can you imagine that!? I guess that’s the best I can do to describe it this morning. Its hard to describe a feeling that doesn’t really have words. You have to experience it.

Dreaming about this flow… And I wake up feeling it in my body! I don’t even have to actually walk! And that’s good cos it’s snowing!

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Where am I going? is a very good question, as is How do I get there? Two brilliant questions. They have become my close friends, and I am still learning what they even mean! If we don’t know where we’re going, then things become muddled and unclear and we end up kinda floating around.

If I don’t know an exercise in dance class, then my movement becomes disjointed and my body has got no one to lead it! It’s like all the players on the team are just running around in what ever direction they think is right, rather than having a united goal.


Of course, this is the same for life, and in fact everything we do. Having a clear goal and then knowing the steps to get yourself there are imperative for flow and efficiency.

One thing I noticed in class today, was that if I let my thoughts distract me then they would lead me all over the shop and I wouldn’t know where I was going any more. It’s like having lots of fragmented ‘me’s that want to go in different directions, rather than one clear me. As I am recognizing that I am not those thoughts, but instead the observer of them, I can more quickly bring myself back to having one clear intension… but it’s not always easy to get out of your own way!

“Let go, and let those muscles slide”… as opposed to hold. That takes trust. It brings ease. It’s like being on your own team, rather than opposing it, and then trying to convince it that you’re right, and it’s wrong!

It makes it a lot easier to go somewhere when you’ve got a team (a brain, and a body) that agrees with itself.

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Tap Tap

One of my favorite, most simple things to do when I need a wake up is to tap! I do a lot of tapping in my life! Each morning, or whenever my body needs waking up, before class or in the cold.


Try it now- tap your body all over.

Up and down, all over your belly, legs, arms, head, face, back (you might have to get someone to help reach all those areas)…. as you tap, it wakes up your body, and all of your cells! It’s like saying “hello! are you awake in there!?” Wake up the muscles, the bones, the circulation…

(For more info please read: Inner Focus, Outer Strength by Eric Franklin.)

(This book is well worth reading right now!)

After you finish tapping, take a moment to notice how you feel. It’s amazing at the shift you will notice pretty much immediately. Why not try tapping everyday for a week, and let me know who you feel. :-)

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Feel better anytime anywhere

I’m wondering what to do with myself. My shoulders are crunchie from carrying a heavy backpack. Here I am in this place and I don’t know why I’m here. So, standing at this event, I let go of the ‘why am I here? I’d rather be at home eating toast’ thoughts and I put my hand on my shoulder and begin to sponge.

As I wring out the tension from my shoulders and imagine the clear fresh water rushing in, my focus settles and the outside bustle and frustrations seem to dissolve. I love that I can take this amazing tool with me everywhere. I just have to remember to use it.

Transformed in just one moment with a squeeze and a thought.

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Pulling my ears


picture-3I’m sure you can tell from my picture!(!!??) that I had a lot of fun in ballet yesterday, pulling my ears :-) Confused? I was imaging my ears wheeling back and forth like the pelvic halves- that I have been imaging all of last week. This may sound a bit strange to you- but believe me, it’s really amazing. When you pull on your ears it affects the temporal bones, and the temporal bones are very connected to the pelvic halves. Again- this is not a simple image- but it’s a funny one to share. I’m sure you can imagine that I looked a bit funny marking the sequence- pulling my ears. You just wait, soon all dance classes will have everyone pulling their ears too!

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