Flo Motion

      In the first phase of learning Flo motion, one becomes acquainted with the body dynamic, that is, the kinesthetic sense of awareness.  The first lesson is composed of eight primary or foundational movements that form the basics of the Flo movement system.  Each of the movements are done in a stationary position with an emphasis that all movements originate from the ground and move spirally upward.  At first one may feel that it’s an upper body workout, but as the movement patterns become more familiar, it soon becomes obvious that every aspect of body mechanics is being used.  As one masters the first lesson, each movement can connect to another movement in a fluid way allowing the series of movements to interchange from one wave to another.  The primary movements of the first lesson are contained in all moving activities:  walking, running, turning, sports, martial arts, dance, throwing, catching, yoga etc. Twenty minutes a day exploring the eight basic movements will serve as a cross training curriculum for any sports conditioning, or as an effective exercise program for daily fitness.
    Whatever degree of knowledge one may have of their body awareness will easily be accessed in learning the Flo.  Flo Motion’s primary movements are inherent in all forms of movement.  For example to teach a person skilled in Karate, the teacher and Flostudent will connect at the point of familiarity, that is, the theme of Karate will begin to connect  movements with his own form and begin to identify the similarity. The same will happen with dancers, athletes and performance artists.  A skillful Flo instructor has an opportunity to access resources from all movement sectors, enabling his/her ability to communicate movements in a language more suitable to individual needs.

    The second phase of Flo motion is adding new movements to the primary movements. From a stationary position, steps are added in all directions: forward, backward and sideways.  More emphasis is placed on internal awareness such as the rhythm of breath and the moving center of gravity in relation to the centrifugal path of the water.  The more adept one becomes in using the Flo, the more selections of movements will naturally unfold.  In the second phase of movements the user will clearly move from the ground-up as pivoting on the heels and shifting weight become an area of focus. Exploring internal awareness with the Flo movements will obviously make it a body/mind system.  In fact, when enough movements are learned and the sound of the water through the bag is soft and soothing, the practitioner will experience a rhythmic Flo state.  We call this first experience a perfect wave:  that is, when you don’t know if the water is moving you or you are moving the water.  This experience of a perfect wave is the same as what an athlete describes as peak performance, or being in the Zone.  After clearly experiencing a perfect wave the second phase is complete.

    The third phase of Flo Motion is when the practitioner combines patterns of movements in the expression of Improvisation.  Flo patterns are a series of movements that are intricately interchangeable.  Each pattern consists of at least three different movements that flo easily into each other.  At this junction, the practitioner makes a connection of very complex movements from the basic primary movements.  In the third phase of Flo motion, the practitioner learns to connect a variety of movements and moves spontaneously.  At this level of creativity the water in the Flo assumes the role of the teacher and the practitioner becomes an adept in free flo motion.  With full kinesthetic awareness of the movements, a flo practitioner can begin a new experience by returning to basics and teaching the Flo to new comers.
    The amount of time for a practitioner to experience all three phases of Flo Motion training depends on the level of kinesthetic awareness one has.  The more resources one has available, the easier it will be to develop the skills needed to learn.  Professionals like physical therapists, occupational therapists, bodyworkers etc. already have knowledge of the body and how it moves with greatest efficiency.  As soon as they grasp the concept of Flo~motion in their own bodies they can teach simple movements in their rehab practice.  I recommend that anyone who wants to teach Flo~motion get acquainted with the body structure by studying Anatomy and Physiology, the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais, Thomas Hanna, Ida Rolfe, Judith Aston, Ron Kurtz and Matthias Alexander.  The more information one has of the body intelligence, the more effective the teaching will be.  The possibilities are endless…..Go with the Flo!

The enclosed video clip demonstrates the art of Flo Motion.  This movement system is easy to learn and can enhance the performance of any movement art such as in sports, dance and martial arts.  The movements all begin from the ground up and the water is a constant feedback to the user’s core center or center of gravity.  Any complete movement of Flo motion involves the participation of both hemispheres of the brain and body equally.  Because of this unique whole body movement any natural movement can be replicated and perfected, even the evasive golf swing.  This movement system is a new step in the evolution of movement and acts as a cross training tool for any sport whether individual or team related.

Flow Motion:

East meets West and blends linear with creative.

Wai Chi: the art of water dancing.

Flow Motion: The Movements

Flow Motion - The Movements #1 and #2

Flow Motion - The Movements #3 and #4

Flow Motion - The Movements #5 and #6

Flow Motion - The Movements #7 and #8

     If you are interested in learning the Flo Motion Movement System leave a message on this website.  Presently I have a limited supply of bags and I am looking to train potential teachers.  Enjoy the video….Ron

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