This summer is flying by and at Creative Wellness we're passing the time hard at work! Shannon and I led a Guided Meditation In-Office Wellness workshop with a large West Loop Real Estate company on Thursday morning and it was awesome! I continue to be amazed by how malleable this work can be. We used a lot of the techniques we employ in our work with actors (stretching, tension release, visualization) and applied them to a room full of corporate employees who responded really well. Because really, tension is tension and a body is a body, no matter how it arrived in the room.
One of the ideas Shannon gave the group to contemplate really struck me and I wanted to share it with a wider audience. She asked the group to think about their feet and how they get taken for granted. Our feet take us so many many places; they are literally the foundation we stand upon. She had them tense and stretch their toes, ankles, and entire foot to really focus on that part of their bodies. For whatever reason, that isolation moved me (no pun intended, or maybe intended - wordplay!) and it got me thinking about how we can tell so many stories by using the smallest parts of us. As performers and as people, we learn so much from each other in non-verbal ways. We owe it to ourselves and to our communities to be as open to that learning as possible.
Working with non-performers is incredibly satisfying - we had a blast and are looking forward to the next workshop!
Create and live well,