Haptic Intelligence - the fundamentals:
The baseline understanding behind my work is that the body's responses, are a perfect reflection of the qualities with which we physically engage with the world about us....
The secondary understanding of this principle is that if we can explore and refine the quality of our engagement with the world, then we have the opportunity to witness the body reflecting the changes we are making. Essentially this is direct embodiment of the karmic principle - refining our natural embodied intelligence through our haptic feedback system - directly witnessing the outcome of our actions.
What to expect :
Over these 6 sessions, I will be guiding you as you explore and refine the quality of a full range of 'kinds' of supportive touch, together with developing the natural deep-core responses of a body that is free of holding patterns. This is the first principle, or condition, that will allow the body mind and breath to become united and entirely confluent in action.
Each session will begin with an introduction to the specific theme of the workshop and move into a guided physical practice. The framework will be a few specific key functional movements and yoga postures (and as a participant you can also bring other things you would like to explore to the table). There is usually between 15 and 30 minutes of Q&A, where you will find some of of your own questions might be covered, a summary of the day's principle and its application to both your practice and your life, and usually we have time for a guided deep relaxation.
Whether you are a live participant or following this course via the recordings, you can expect your body mapping to improve immensely, and you will discover surprising new connections and relationships, together with subsequent new freedoms in the spine and joints.
And as part of your course, you can claim your free 121 time with me to iron out any confusions or specific sticking points in your practice or somatic understanding... on occasion, participants give permission for a particularly enlightening 121 session to be shared with the group - these act as bonus videos for you to watch and take part in.
By the end of the course, your body will have changed, and you will have at your fingertips a whole new repertoire of 'how to' in approach to body work of any kind, either for your own practice, or for how you work with others.
Marc J Acquaviva has been passionate about yoga since his early childhood (since 1968), and from 1991 he studied and practiced exclusively with people that have worked directly with Vanda Scaravelli, such as Diane Long and Sophy Hoare, as well as with the highly respected osteopaths that have been called to further understanding of her work, such as Pete Blackaby and John Stirk.
During his intensive yoga study years, in the spirit of following Vanda Scaravelli's influences, Marc also explored and has drawn from other wellbeing practices, such as Feldenkrais Qi Gong and Thai yoga massage.
After 8 years or so he eventually decided to teach, and qualified in 2000 with Natural Bodies of Brighton, doing Gary Carter's anatomy for yoga course. He developed his own unique take on the work after suffering from a prolapsed disc during training.
The prolapse meant he wasn't able to walk, but he found that it was possible, through his own innate somatic sense of the body-relationships involved, to relieve the symptoms and restore function... He 'healed' the prolapse for himself within a few weeks, and has been developing and using his unique approach to help others ever since.
More recently (2019/2020), in realising that his work involves an entirely different understanding of how the functional body actually works, Marc coined the term 'Enviro-Somatic' as a description of his methodology. It refers to the fact that a person's experience of themselves through the body, is a direct reflection of their physical responses to the environment they occupy. more...