It is estimated that around 15 million Americans suffer from social anxiety. A simple interaction can lead to feelings of dis-ease and “not belonging”; at worst, a person becomes stricken with panic and dread, even during the most routine of activities. Oftentimes people who suffer social anxiety feel like “everyone is looking at me” or cannot handle pauses in conversation. Others “feel invisible” or as though “the world is closing in” around them. It can be said that these individuals “do not feel comfortable in their own skin”.
Spacial Dynamics® is based on the theory that you have a physical body-- a space that you inhabit for a time-- and also a spacial, or “life-force”, body that is not contained or limited by the boundaries of the physical body. The life-force body gives form and support to our physical structure when in continuum with our manifest selves . Through exploration and experiments of movement, one can learn to perceive the life-force body and improve one’s physical and emotional well-being with spacial movement. In regards to social anxiety, the life-force body is most identifiable as the “personal space”. We are certainly aware when someone enters into our personal space uninvited, just as we also know the feeling of trusting another enough to invite them in. It is with the investigation of personal space that Spacial Dynamics® works to alleviate the phenomenon of social anxiety. The edge of the personal space can be likened to a garden gate, a place where we can meet the world outside of ourselves. Some people leave their gate open to the wind, allowing any critter to enter and do their will. This can be seen in the gestures of those who feel too much of the “pain of the world”. Others build a fortress wall that “keeps the world at a distance” but does not allow for meaningful interactions with others. Some build the gate much too close to the house (the physical body) and “feel the world closing in on them”. Through simple games and slow movement, one can learn to develop a stronger sense of one’s personal space and to recognize that the way one manages this space affects one’s emotional and thought life. We cannot always choose what comes at us in life, but we can choose where we meet it and how we react to it. In principle and practice, the mastery of one’s personal space is an invaluable tool for overcoming social anxiety. Spacial Dynamics® offers these tools in a fun and safe atmosphere. Please feel invited to take the next step.
ref: 15 Million Americans Suffer From Social Anxiety Disorder
In a world of unrelenting tumult and rapid change, there is an enormous number of people who suffer the physical and emotional effects of trauma. Whether as the result of warfare, sexual or domestic abuse, or even a simple fender bender, the residues of trauma can be distressing or even disabling to those who suffer them. A trauma can be defined as an event that changes our ability to trust our surroundings or as a pain that lingers after the event that caused the injury. In Spacial Dynamics®, we say that an accident alone is not the trauma; it is reliving the fear and pain as if the danger were still there, an unwanted response that has a negative impact on our lives. In a very real sense, trauma becomes a habit of gestures and reflexes, a painful skill that we practice through our daily routines and in our movement.
Spacial Dynamics® assists individuals suffering the effects of trauma by identifying the gestural habits of their injury and replacing those habits with the gestures of ideal health. We view the spacial, or life-force, body as the leader of our emotional and physical well-being; for every feeling or pang, there is a preceding spacial change that can be identified and corrected through movement. Spacial Dynamics® is unique in that it brings about change by reshaping the space around us; we start with “what works”-- healthy movement-- and then correct “what is” by inverting the gesture of the trauma and moving toward the gestural ideal of health. The exploration of “personal space” and “inner volume”, as well as balance, can be powerful tools in overcoming that which hurts us. Through the use of slow movement, games, and meditation, we can begin to see the “motion in the emotion” and begin to identify with something more than the limited identity of trauma. We begin to discover the beauty and freshness of ideal movement. Through this new lens of spacial movement, we find a route out of the reflexes of trauma and can once more become the architects of our own lives.