My first group workshop, as I remember, involved floor work—movements done while lying on mats—as well as lessons accomplished in the standing position. Though verbally directed and precise, these movements were also highly varied and creative, emphasizing personal exploration.
As a Chinese martial artist with decades of experience, I realized experientially then and there that what Anat was teaching could be deeply useful to me—both in my daily discipline and in life.
It quickly dawned on me that this was a way of learning optimal skeletal movement through recruiting brain and nervous system as co-partners.
Never before had I experienced such highly pleasurable, liberating movement—movement stripped “to the bone” through the elimination of personal chatter and interfering habitual patterns.
Yes, the method was science-based—integrating body, mind, and feeling. That made the results highly predictable.
But so also was the spontaneous magic. The magic came in the healing.
In such a context, healing flows by itself.