RESOURCES: MONTH 1 - September 2020
Welcome to the Resources Page for Month One of the Holistic Healer Training.
The links to the recordings of the first day's teachings are available to watch on Vimeo, or you can download the audio from Google Drive. You can access them as follows:
VIDEO RECORDINGS: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7124725
Password to access the private page: easyhealer
Below, you will find extra online content for those of you who wish to explore further this month. We highly recommend that you dive in and take a look. All the resources we are sharing with you have the potential to be profound and far-reaching. And it is our hope that you will find many gems here for yourself - and others - going forward.
We ask that you please respect the privacy of the other people on this training and keep all content private and confidential. These recordings are for your eyes and ears only and not for sharing.
What about those orange Franklin balls? Getting Started
The Franklin Method is a gentle approach to exercise that challenges the current wisdom on how exercise should look and feel. It doesn't mean that other ways of exercising are wrong, nor does it take away from how enjoyable they are. Rather, it gives an alternative that is less 'yang' in nature - less directive and dynamic, and more yin - flowing, intuitive and restorative. The Franklin Method helps us to deeply connect to our body, at any time, and quickly and effortlessly unravel deep knots and tensions.
Accessing greater movement and flow throughout the whole body happens through an inside-out approach. Rather than putting your body through a set of mechanical movements you have been told to do (and, again, there is a time and place for this), you engage in exploratory movement from the inside. How your body moves today will be in direct response to your intuitive sense of your own fluidity, range and expressiveness on a given day. Sometimes, very small movements will feel deep and nourishing to your body and spirit; at other times, you will find yourself taking your movements much wider and further, allowing yourself greater expansion and exploration.
The following two videos will get you started on some of the basics, and we will be returning to this topic with more instructions and insights as the training progresses. For now, when undertaking either of these sequences of movement, make sure you set aside some quiet spacious time - a half hour is perfect - in which to do this where you can have quality time focussing inwards.
Before you start, take a moment to notice how you are in your body before you do these movements, then, go through either short video from start to finish. Once you have done that, allow yourself some time to go back to any aspect of the video that you particularly liked and use the rest of your time to explore around this movement.
Move your body from the inside, sensing and noticing the effect when you slow down to the healing tempo of your body's wellbeing. Allow this slower pace to reset and regenerate your flow and ease within. Where do you move from? the arm, the leg, the hip joint, the shoulder joint? Or from your very centre, deep in your abdomen? Where is the place of deepest connection within you when you move a limb?
With each session, you can learn to listen more deeply for this inner connection and move from it.
At the end, take a moment to pause and feel how your body is now. Are you lighter? freer? softer? more relaxed? more integrated?
The Franklin balls act as gentle ball-bearings, smoothing the way and giving you active feedback as you explore your body's fluidity.
This first video is a wonderful relaxing sequence for your shoulders and neck. But notice how much of the rest of your body relaxes as well - the slower you do it, the more you soften and the knots release.
Erik Franklin is the founder of the Franklin Method and you can find out lots more about his work online and through his books.
This second video helps to ease pain and tension throughout the legs/pelvis. Again, notice how deep you go when you really take your time with this.
Rachael Hall is a Franklin Method and Pilates instructor. She has lots of free sessions on her 5 Minute Feel Good Sessions facebook page that you can try out. Or you can connect with her full programme of support at www.rachhall.com