The heart of the Body Intelligence classes is Allan Wayne Work. There are elements of physical therapy, yoga, acting and modern dance incorporated into class as well.
The movement is repetitive and very often circular and designed to release chronic tension in the superficial muscles. It's as if the tensions are like rocks and the movement is like water eroding away at the tension with every wave of motion. We are rehabilitating the deeper postural muscles. I incorporate Wilheim Reich's idea of emotional memory and the belief that the physical release also releases emotional tension.
The commitment is to lead the students through experiential exercises and functionally-based improvisations in pursuit of a "transparent body", a body where the impulses are seen closer to their origin and not filtered through the student's personal tensions.
There is a commitment to the group energy. As the class progresses and we have revealed a more transparent body, we move into structured movement improvs so the student can experience their impulses in a body not clouded by it's habitual tension. As a student and teacher, I say it feels like, FREEDOM.