When the quality of movement in all its components as well as the means of achieving it is set as a primary goal, the basis of a method is set forth. This method offers a multitude of advantages for more than just a healthy body since a thorough treatment promotes the end result in a way that is beneficial to the body. This method is laden with interest and enjoyment, even when body limitations or problematic and painful areas are being treated. It develops the ability to concentrate and focus on any given subject, as well as on parallel channels simultaneously. It teaches how to respond to essential subtleties that have crucial effects on movement, good or bad, such as its opposite extremes: exaggeration and pain, caution and moderation, set against freedom and plenitude of movement. The extremes themselves are personal, dynamic and change with time. But most occurs in the grey area in between, and that’s where most of the work is done.
While watching a sample guided by Yosepha Michaeli, pay attention to some characteristics of a quality movement:
Moderation; intention; understanding; neural, muscular and joint control; measure, efficiency, thriftiness, keeping “reserves”; fluency; state of relaxation;
Refrain from unnecessary exaggerated effort and stress – no momentum, no falls; precise clearness and aim; sensitivity and awareness to the entire body, and not just to the moving parts.
A movement composed as one sensing all body parts at once; planning and timing a movement fluently and calmly without surprises.