The Advantages of a Dance Background in Teaching Fitness
Students of mine often comment on how through Body Activation they find a deeper approach to exercises they are accustomed to doing in other classes and practices. My response is always that it has to do with the many years I have spent as a dance performer, choreographer, and teacher, which have helped give me insight into the fine details of movement.
Creating a Natural Body
Dancers are used to moving through space. This type of training creates a natural body that responds to gravity in a different way than a more static approach. Dancers are always questioning how to open the body more, how to create new possibilities, and of course, how to avoid injury. And because we are always preparing for the stage, we are in constant search for ways to approach movement that allow us to express music and choreography in ways that show the least amount of visible effort despite years of daily intensive training.
Making the Most Out of Every Movement
A dancer’s body needs to be relaxed in order to fulfil the rigors of performance. It is the seasoned dancer who knows how to use her/his body with the utmost efficency to make the most out of each movement.
Alive With Inner Motion
Body Activation takes its principals from dance. Rather than focusing on poses, each exercise is alive with inner motion, taking a position and expanding it through releasing tension, developing core strength, and creating ultimate flexibility in order to go beyond limitation. Through Body Activation we assume that no exercise is ever complete. We are always growing into the next level with each movement, finding greater potential within the expanding boundry lines of a given position. We are always questioning how we can open the body more. Though we may move only slightly on the mat, the class is constantly in a state of movement.
The Importance of Corrections
Having trained and danced for practically my entire life, I know how essential corrections are for the student. Analyzing each person’s body within an exercise is extremely important, always with the developing understanding of the individual’s unique challenges. Working with my students one-to-one, whether in a group class or a private, allows each one to find the ultimate in where s/he is in the moment.
The Joy of Teaching
I am always learning from my students, finding new ways to help them release bound areas according to their own particular physical structure. This is a great part of the joy of teaching, along with seeing the deep results that create ease and pleasure as bodies become less restricted. Coming from dance I am able to understand and work with many of the blockages that occur when muscles tense up, when ligaments and tendons become strained, when there is not enough space within the body for it to move harmoniously.
My Responsibility to You
I feel an enormous responsibility towards every one of my students, and am grateful for a long history in the art of movement for giving me the tools for exploration into how to provide everyone with greater range and deeper remedial value through specific exercises. As a seasoned teacher, I look at my profession from the point of view of a healer, and take this responsibility very seriously. When you are in the studio with me, your body is in my hands, and it is my mission to give you the very best of my knowledge as we enjoy the process of guiding your body into its full potential.
Body Activation by Michele Kadison