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A Peaceful Physicality

It takes a strong spine to stand up for what one believes in against the sometimes overwhelming waves of coercion that the world can throw at us, but ultimately it is the only way to escape the militant insanity of our modern culture with one’s dignity and body intact.It takes a strong spine to stand up for what one believes in against the sometimes overwhelming waves of coercion that the world can throw at us, but ultimately it is the only way to escape the militant insanity of our modern culture with one’s dignity and body intact.
— Frey Faust

Dancing in the park while at Impuls Tanz in Vienna.

Following a week of workshops with the Toronto Dance Community Love-In, Frey Faust,  originator of the Axis Syllabus, presented a portion of his research on fascia. He spoke of alignment as matching synovial joint surfaces and finding fascial equilibrium, as well as balanced voluntary muscular tension. He spoke about the fact that fascia remembers, but that it can also change; and that ultimately it desires harmony, or balance. He suggested avenues of research as opposed to giving absolutes, and finally he offered that when we hold ourselves with grace and move with respect for our structure, then, we can find a peaceful physicality.

This is a teacher who conveys the complexity of the human body and dynamic movement with clarity, but who simultaneously creates an environment that supports inquiry and self-discovery. I can only hope to offer a similar experience to my students as I continue to discover new theories and ask questions. A safe space to explore the many dynamic possibilities their bodies are capable of, and an opportunity for the discoveries they make along the way to influence as many facets of their life as they desire.

For more information about Frey Faust and the Axis Syllabus, visit http://axissyllabus.org