Awakening dancers to the sensation and kinesthetic awareness of Qi*
Awareness of Qi heightens the effects of touch, a prime healing factor in LivingDance~LivingMusic. Touch can be a highly charged verb that makes many therapists anxious for fear of misunderstandings with clients. But we, who facilitate dance/movement therapy and LivingDance~LivingMusic, understand how important touch is to our feelings of well-being.
In LivingDance~LivingMusic, our students in India – just like our students in Europe and the USA – learned how to use self-touch to foster Shape, the somatosensory and kinesthetic sense of one’s boundaries, that leads to a sense of self and feelings of effectiveness.
(NOTE: Shape in LivingDance~LivingMusic does not refer to Effort/Shape.)
The photos show how intrigued everyone was as they followed the directions to accessing their Qi, and how much fun it was to discover this novel yet ancient way of sense or know. I love seeing people’s delight when they discover this initial connection to Qi, and the way it sows the seeds for deeper work.
So here is the first step in heightening the awareness that leads to developing one’s sense of shape: Finding Qi or Prana, our life energy to heighten the sense of touch. More on touch and shape at another time.