Monday August 8, 9am – 12pm
Tuesday August 9, 9am – 12pm
Wednesday August 10, 9am – 12pm
Thursday August 11, 9am – 12pm
Friday August 12 9am – 1pm
Holding Space to Let Go: Myofascial Release & the Skinner Releasing Technique
Lead by: Laurel Jenkins and Emily Sweeney
$150 / $120 early bird special (by July 1)
During the first hour of each session, we’ll learn about the fascial network and apply basic hands-on Myofascial Release techniques. This will be followed by a two-hour dance practice guided by the principles of the Skinner Releasing Technique.
The First Hour: Myofascial Release involves applying soft, sustained pressure into connective tissue restrictions to decrease pain and restore movement. This gentle, unhurried holding allows our viscoelastic fascia to elongate and flow. It can help the fascial network release some of its habituated patterns and injury-related limitations. The fascial network keeps the body’s equilibrium through a delicate balance of tension and elasticity. Repeated actions, or singular traumas, can create restrictions that tip this balance, leading over time to tension, inflexibility, and lack of sensation. During the first hour of each session, we will offer manual and metaphoric tools to support our bodies’ release of fascial restrictions.
The Second and Third Hours: The Skinner Releasing Technique is a pioneering approach to dance, movement, and creative process that has evolved from the simple principle that when we are releasing physical tension, we can move with greater freedom, power, and articulation. In Releasing, spontaneous movement evoked by guided poetic imagery, music, and sound enables a creative exploration of technical principles such as multi-directional alignment, suppleness, suspension, economy, and autonomy. To conclude our practice each day, we will be writing and drawing. All levels welcome. No dance experience necessary.
Emily Sweeney is a bodyworker and performer based in Los Angeles. As a certified massage therapist, she uses Acupressure, Shiatsu, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Myofascial Release techniques. Her performance works knit improvisation, objecthood, and language. She is an adaptor of Deborah Hay’s solo score “Dynamic” (2012), and has performed in the work of Claudia Bosse/theatercombinat; with Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance; and Daria Faïn/PROSODIC BODY. www.emilysweeney.net
Laurel Jenkins is a Los Angeles-based movement artist. She was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007–2012 and continues to perform, restage, and teach for the company. She received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Jenkins’ choreography has been presented in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, and the United Kingdom. With the support of the Asian Cultural Council, Jenkins traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia this winter to develop soma path, a duet with Chey Chankethya, Artistic Director of Amrita Performing Arts. This June she will perform in an opera directed by Peter Sellars. Jenkins is a certified Skinner Releasing teacher and leads workshops internationally. www.laureljenkins.com
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