MALMÖ -Insight into Vision - Feldenkrais and ABM Practitioners
10am to 5pm (Lunch 12 - 13.30)
Limhamns Folkets Hus, Linnégatan 61, Malmö, Sweden
August 6- - 8, 2016
WORKSHOP FOR FELDENKRAIS and ABM PRACTITIONERS
The main themes we will be exploring are the convergence and the focusing of the eyes. Children learn these two major functions and as practitioners we can address these through FI and ATM, in a very conscious way.
We will be looking at concepts of how children learn these functions and the relationship to their self-perception and perception of space. There are ways to use these concepts when something is not functioning as it could be, be it with ourselves or with a student, child or adult.
We will explore the importance of cross-patterning, and visual perception, notably in crawling on all fours and in movements leading up to this major "milestone".
It is important to experience for ourselves the differences in movement and vision on the floor and what happens when the child begins to move away from the floor, the perception of round surfaces, use of analogous objects/toys, the movement of the eyes and attention to self. The child’s self-perception, movement abilities and vision vary according to the position that they are in. A child who can roll themselves or come to sit uses convergence and the focusing of their eyes differently than a child who cannot come up from the floor.
We will start the workshop with an ATM class particularly oriented to these specific uses of the eyes and the relationship of the eye movements to vision. We will analyse the reasons for doing certain things in FI with children so that each practitioner can develop their own ways to more efficiently integrate the new patterns of movements that the children are learning.
Lynn will then share her specific research on how to use touch in FI to address indirectly the coordination of the eyes in movement and thus improve vision and perception in general. These techniques are particularly adapted when working with children with special needs and adults who find " eye" lessons particularly difficult.