Improving Movement Improves “Awe!”
When was the last time you felt awe? According to current research the “AWE EFFECT” gives you “enhanced critical and creative thinking faculties, improved health and an increase in pro-social behaviors such as kindness, self-sacrifice, co-operation and resource-sharing” (from researcher Dr. Dacher Keltner of UCA, Berkley). But notice awe has a very important physical component. It is felt at the deepest level of your physical being.
What is Awe? Awe is an emotional response to stimuli and has been defined as “the feeling of being in the presence of something vast and greater than the self, which exceeds current knowledge structures” (Keltner & Haidt, 2003). It requires a physical response. It requires perception and awareness, which use our physical-mental link. Indeed, awe is a process of our neuromuscular “movement-mind-body link”, which is the research basis of Betsy Wetzig’s Coordination Patterns® & Dynamics Training.
Because of trauma, stress, cultural restrictions of behavior and poor movement training, people can inhibit the functioning of their movement-mind-body link. Thus, people can unknowingly inhibit their awe experience. In the modern world it’s easy to do. For instance, were you ever told to shape up, or sit still? Such actions can inhibit perception, awareness and feeling, and they are just the tip of the iceberg.
The good news is that Coordination Patterns® & Dynamics Training will also turn on ergonomic movement-mind patterns to make your body move its best, easiest and most efficient way as it opens up the freedom to deeply “awe” and a whole lot more.
Location: Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Breinigsville. For information on Coordination Patterns™ & Dynamics Training classes, workshops and private sessions, call Betsy Wetzig at 610-398-9652.