In this post, we look at the emphasis on less effort and more ease.
Less Effort, More Ease
Some of the persistent questions posed in the process of Awareness Through Movement relate to the qualities of ease and effort in our movements and actions.
Is there a way you can do the same movement, but have it be easier?
Or, phrased a little differently,
Now, see if there's a way that you can continue do the same movement, but with less effort.
Within this method, we develop our ability to sense, feel, and understand not just where and when we move, but also how we move. We learn from observing our own strategies, our own habitual contraction patterns. Both the ones that serve us well and the ones that don't.
These habitual patterns may have developed out of how we were raised. They may be related to various things we have been taught about what good effort is and how we should be and interact in the world. They may include strategies developed in response to pain or injury. And sometimes, often times, they include strategies and habitual contraction patterns that persist beyond their usefulness.
These insights about our own use open the space for experimentation. We experiment with effort and ease, of how to reduce unnecessary contractions and have more clarity within our actions. In turn, we not only improve our functioning, we begin to experience a greater level of comfort and pleasure through movement in the process.
And ultimately, this study of less effort and more ease leads to changes in efficiency, power, and the ability to know and reach our potential.