Relating & Mirroring

Class details

  • Class Hours: 15
  • Instructor: Alexander George
  • Prerequisites: Healing Dance 1
  •  Class Materials: Manual provided by instructor, bring swimsuit and towels
  •  Checkin at Harbin front gate as early as 12pm Sunday. You may enter the classroom building at 6pm to bring in your bedding and food if you'd like. Class orientation begins promptly at 6:30 pm for a 7pm class start time.
Relating and Mirroring:
The Art of Accompanying Your Receiver's Unfolding in the Water

Relating and Mirroring is a three day course focusing on perhaps the most important aspect of aquatic bodywork: that our receiver feels felt, and that as givers we are able to truly feel and mirror them in all dimensions—physical, emotional and spiritual. The recent discovery of mirror neurons in the brain has provided our generation with a scientific basis for empathy. In the course we will delve into this neurophysiological phenomena underlying our social interactions before focusing on how it translates into the water. On land we will experiment with dance mirroring exercises, authentic movement and exercises to fine-tune presence. In the water we will develop the skills and perceptual framework to follow and support receivers in their movement and stillness. The principles we will explore include using the water, joining, extending, supporting, taking over, keeping up, staying in flow, setting impulses and giving space.

Not only will the course train us to better accompany our receivers, but it will also offer a setting in which we ourselves as receivers may allow our own unwinding and soul dance to unfold. Additionally, we will practice the verbal skills to create the invitation and safe framework for receivers to flow into their own movement impulses.

If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.

Lao Tzu: