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The practice is developed through close individual observation of proprioceptive and kinesthetic processes. This practice of heightening self-awareness is also compared to more objective information about anatomy. The resulting awareness is used towards the goal of Kinetic Awareness® to develop one's full individual potential for healthy movement.
Because of its use of hollow rubber balls to achieve deep muscle-relaxation, Kinetic Awareness®is also referred to as "The Ball Work".
Additional recommended knowledge
Kinetic Awareness® relies on proprioceptive signals as the guiding principle, complemented by current anatomical understanding of the body. Physical pain and discomfort are treated as important warning signals of the body that harm is done to the self, and generally avoided consequently. Instead the accent lies on discovering and emphasizing those movements that are accompanied by a sensation of pleasure and well-being.
Hollow rubber balls are optionally placed under parts of the body to aid the sensation and ease of the moving body becoming a conscious experience, as well as provide a self-directed massage of the larger and the deeper muscle-layers. For this reason, Kinetic Awareness® is also often referred to as "The Ball Work".
1 - becoming aware / articulation:
This phase is completed when the practioner can move any part of the body at will, slowly and with little tension.
Tension is seen as a potential gift and an ally of the individual mover, who is guided along her or his exploration of the choices s/he wants to make about how to use it. In this process, held or 'frozen' tensions (i.e. muscles and -groups that are -often subconsciously- kept in continuous contraction) can be uncovered and released. This view derives from the theories of muscle armor as developed by Wilhelm Reich.
Relation with other bodywork practices
Kinetic Awareness® is closely related to Sensory Awareness and Feldenkrais which both have been developed from the work of Elsa Gindler. Summers studied Sensory Awareness by Charlotte Selver and Physical Reeducation with Carola Speads, both former students of Gindler.
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