"GYMNASTIQUE SENSORIELLE" (Sensory Gymnastic) for dancers

Sensory Gymnastic, created by D. Bois (physical therapist and founder of the Fasciatherapié and Gymnastique   Sensorielle), intended for all audiences, is also an excellent alternative training form for dancers. Respecting the physiology of the body it is healing and educational. Its source is the observation of the fascia’s (connective tissue's) internal movements.
The fascia is all the fibrous tissues of the body. A continuous material, it spreads throughout the body like a spider's web: envelopes, supports, suspends, allows sliding and connects the different parts of the body, while providing interdependence of the organs in a global organization. As a network of communication, this system provides elasticity. In a global movement the fibers of the fascia can stretch or shrink to maintain the internal balance of the body’s structures. Fluid migration within the fibers provides lubrication and flexibility of the fascia, and carries information.

Sensory Gymnastics aims to:

  - Make mobile what is stationary
  - Make sensitive what is insensitive
  - Make conscious what is unconscious

Contrary to our daily activities which are oriented towards efficiency and speed, Sensory Gymnastics requires slow, smooth, stutter-free movements.

- Offers rest to the body
- Offers time to become aware of how the movement evolves
- Allows time for observation and awareness in which we can capture information that remains unconscious and undetectable at normal speed.

Slowness allows dancers to perceive what D. Bois calls movement sensoriel (sensory movement). When a movement feels bigger that it is in reality we enter the consciousness of sensory movement. Translated to dance terminology: Eternal lines of energy flowing through our limbs.
Working through all its parameters: slowness, path, globality, linearity, sequences, orientation, amplitude, different speeds of different segments, dissociated movements, evolution and resonance, unified, coordinated, synchronized and balanced movements, and psychological balance are obtained.
This movement session will focus on how one movement has effects in the whole body, and how its effects produce new effects, etc… How sensory movements provide a different “flavor” than the simple pleasure of any old gesture, and thereby are a gateway to a body as an organ of “taste”.