How can I possibly take my work on line?
How are you? How is Covid 19 treating you? How is this dark time in our world treating you? We are all reflecting and suffering. How can we make this a better, safer world?
Are you one of the lucky ones who was able to work, to make a living? Or did you watch your livelihood run out the door, down the street, with or without a mask?
As many of you know, I was supposed to be on the 10 day trip of my dreams in March. I had planned a trip to Israel with my besties. We, along with the tour company decided to cancel our tour rather than spend the whole time quarantining, at our expense in a hotel room in Tel Aviv. Not to worry. I will be on that trip next year.
Once at home, what was I going to do? People all around me talked about online classes. Some of my colleagues had be doing them for years. I was bound and determined that I was not going to join their ranks.
I am not a techy. I barely use my computer or the internet. Not me. I was not going down that road. My bank account and my nervous system cried out for me to work. My work is my passion and it keeps me sane (although some might argue that.)
Not a techy?– Ha, I get “by with a little help from my friends” and the fact that I am someone who just jumps in and isn’t afraid to fail made it a bit easier.
Touchy feely. Love to touch? I have touched people professionally for 45 years, as a physical therapist first and then since 1991 as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. This is a very real issue. I am going a little mad at times. I sort of go in and out, up down, mostly around. Moshe Feldenkrais said that good movement is reversible, and that we must be able to move in six different directions, forward/back, up/down, rotation, and side to side. As long as I am moving, I am good. I sense and feel how I am doing day to day, rather minute to minute. I am aware of whether a pint of ice cream will really make it all better, or worse. I make my own decisions, and, I have eaten quite a bit of ice cream. I also do at least one Awareness Through Movement lesson most days. I miss it being in the room with my clients. I ride the roller coaster of my feelings. I am giving sessions to individuals via ZOOM. When I work with them, I channel my touch to them, not in a magical sense but with preciseness and both of our imaginations. It is working very well. People are improving and able to get here without going through LA traffic. It is actually a bit more relaxing sometimes, no need to jump up and get on the freeway.
It is so true. As far as the tech deficit, I forgive myself for not being the perfect ZOOM host and my clients forgive me too. I like to think I am improving with every class and session. I am learning, Isn’t that what life is about?
It occurs to me that this is the very nature of the work I do. Our founder, Moshe Feldenkrais taught that failure was the road to success. If we already know, we can’t learn. He said
Our work consists of two modalities. One is usually done in groups with very little touching. At times I touch my students to help them find the right direction, without telling them what is right. They have to seek their own path, not mine, although I can guide them. This is working online. I presently have 3 weekly class, all with different intents:
Tuesday is for those who are a bit more experienced with the work and want to delve a bit deeper into both themselves an this work.
All of these classes are successful. The students bond, have fun, and learn. I am having a wonderful time. I am taking this time to explore Awareness Through Movement lessons that I either have not done before or not taught. I am also exploring lessons that I have with more depth.
What a treat it is to have this time to study and grow professionally.
The answer to my original question, How can I, how do I take my work online. I am doing it. I like it. I feel safer. I am not exposing any one to a sickness that we can’t see and often don’t know we have until it is too late.
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