It was with some trepidation that I set out on Module 1 of the Level 3 course of the Franklin Method. 4 weeks away from my family and work feels almost inconceivable, as does fitting this into an already very busy time. But having come so far with the Franklin Method, and knowing that the organs would be the missing link, I went.
The Franklin Method teaches that if we embody good function, we will have better function. Describing embodiment isn’t easy, but I’ll do my best. In the Franklin Method, I would describe embodiment as conscious directed attention to one’s body, particularily it’s function. It means the brain is listening deeply to the body. We use imagery to paint a picture of a body part for our brain and connect to the image in movement, creating a new roadmap for good function.
There have been others who have worked with organs in their movement approach, including Chinese Medicine practitioners, osteopaths, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
We studied the heart and the lungs, in relation to each other, the spine and the diaphragm. Learning and relearning the physiology and chemistry of how our bodies work is fascinating and fun. To say our bodies are smart and efficient would be an understatement. We are so busy processing gases, moving hormones around the body, cleaning our blood and air, that moving the organs often gets left out of the conversation. But moving our organs is as inevitable as our moving our spines, and we can get better at it and reap the benefits. If that feesl too “Woo-Woo” for you, I get it. It sounds hokey that you can improve the movment of something that does its job automatically, but the heart is a muscle just like any other, and it can be trained for health.
I will be practicing my heart and lung movements every day until I go back in September. My sticky thoracic spine is trying to figure out all this new movement and be ok with it. My somewhat irregular heart beat loves the attention, as do my lungs. My favorite part is the almost immediate slow-mo effect of looking that deep into one’s body and how it has a calming effect on my nervous system.
I know how lucky I am to be able to leave my family with a supportive spouse and leave my business in capable hands. I also know how privileged I am to spend time learning. I’m looking forward to sharing everything I can over time with anyone eager to give organ movement a try.
Come study with me! UPCOMING HEART WORKSHOPS END OF JULY. Check out our workshops page for dates and times.