Information Intensives & Workshops

INTENSIVES & WORKSHOPS

Throughout the year I offer various intensive courses and workshops. While the Intensives do not show any topics that are previously visible to the participants and can therefore be called "open", the Workshops are always on very specific topics.

 

The Intensives are characterized by their variety of topics and are aimed primarily at those who are interested in new things and want to have a deeper insight into my practice. In the Intensives the participants deal with the other categories in addition to the physical practice and immerse themselves in the process of exploring and learning the ideas and concepts shown.

 

The workshops on the other hand are more limited in time (6-8 hours) and deal with only one specific topic. These are interesting for many people, whether they are already experienced (as further training and for new ideas/approaches in the respective practice) or totally inexperienced (as an introduction to the practice). It is mainly about terminology, definitions, technical aspects, exercises, programming and structuring as well as methodical approach. 

 

Dates for upcoming Intensives and Workshops can be found under the menu item 'Dates'.

 

A description of the intensive and workshops follows below.

PHYSICAL PREPARATION WORKSHOP

 

The workshop Physical Preparation aims to increase the participants' sensitivity to the topic of movement and to create a better understanding. By changing the perspective on the topics of movement and training, priorities are redefined and structured. Using various theoretical and practical tools as well as principles, the workshop will provide more clarity on how to build an ongoing, process-oriented movement practice. In a broader sense, the workshop will deal with the physical and mental improvement and conditioning of potentials and will show different concepts and their application.

Physical Preparation stands for the conditioning of physical abilities as well as the development and elaboration of potentials. It is the targeted preparation of the body and mind for further, multi-layered and complex movement or for more chaotic situations in training or life in general. The potentials mentioned above refer to the conditional abilities that every person has from the ground up - but to different degrees. These basic abilities can be improved through continuous training. If approached correctly, they can help to prepare the body, to protect it and to get to know it better. As we progress, these abilities will help us to learn and perform more complex movements and skills. This branch could just as well be called Physical Preservation or Maintenance, because since it is mainly about conditional abilities, it is important to train them permanently, otherwise they will diminish in their function. This means that the knowledge and material of this workshop serves not only for preparation but also for physical maintenance. Only the scope of time and content changes over time. 

 

The workshop goes into great depth and explains the most important principles and methods. Furthermore, exercises, techniques and practical application ideas are not only shown but also directly applied. Basically this workshop consists of a theoretical and a practical part. The theoretical part deals with various definitions of the term "movement" and various influences, functions and relations of movement. The theoretical part is concluded with an introduction to my movement practice and the reasons for it. The theoretical discussion and reflection as well as the theoretical knowledge are an important part of a qualitative practice. The practical content refers to the first five subcategories of my physical practice, which offer a useful introduction or a detailed and helpful continuation.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE FIVE CATEGORIES

1. Coordination (EN)

Coordination is the foundation of the movement, since movement is always the interaction of individual parts. Although coordination is always trained 'automatically', the special training for it is underestimated and neglected again and again. Coordination stands for movement control, movement coupling ability, rhythm, kinetic differentiation, complex reaction, spatial orientation, dexterity and more. In general, coordination means the coordination and mutual assignment of different areas. The quality of movement coordination depends on the functioning of the individual coordinative abilities (which are initially only considered potential in themselves) and their interaction. The training ranges from simple, basic to complex, highly stimulating movement patterns. It includes the work of the legs and feet, the body center, the arms and hands as well as the spine. Variable scenarios standing, walking, jumping, running or on all fours. We observe and learn how kinetic energy is sent through the body and how we can use it for different movement scenarios.

It is important to understand that the quality of movement grows with the rhythmic ability, which is one of the basic coordinative skills. So without training rhythm in different scenarios and rhythms, we cannot achieve more quality of movement.

2. Mobility & Prehab (EN)

Mobility training is designed to improve joint mobility to gain more movement freedom and possibilities. It is a movement-based approach that holistically addresses all areas that can result in mobility restrictions (limited joint mobility, neuronal weaknesses or faulty control, motor limitations, etc.) This involves working with movements around our major joints to eliminate the widest possible range of limitations.

 

In the workshop I explain and show the concept of active mobility and the active prevention of injuries (Prehab). What is the exact definition of these terms, what is the difference, when and how do I apply these things and what are the methods and concepts? These questions will be covered in theory and practice and will be explained in a small extra lecture. Good mobility and targeted prehab are key to progressive training, complex movement, health and overall quality of life.

3. (Basic) Strength (EN)

Strength training in my philosophy is divided in three ’containers’ - Basic Strength, Ring Integration and Organic Strength. The aim of the training is to first create a physically strong structure that helps to explore more complex movement(s), but also offers a great deal of experience itself. Further it should enable technically demanding movements, promote health and creating a fully applicable strength.

In the workshop we will mainly focus on Basic Strength. It is the „meta-competence“ of our comprehensive training. Basic Strength stands for „linear“ strength which is increased through continuous progressive overload. In "linear" strength training we define exercises precisely, this means an exercise has to meet standards to be considered right. Quality of execution comes into play as well here. With basic or „general" strength we make it easier for ourselves to practice all sorts of things and not be limited from the start. It also makes you less susceptible to injury.

In the workshop I explain and show important principles and details for progressive strength training. The focus here is on the training of the lower and upper body as well as the body center. In addition to practical content, it also includes important theoretical principles and anatomy knowledge that can make the difference between meaningful and less meaningful strength training. The learned principles and terminology are applicable in advanced training.

4. Endurance (EN)

Endurance refers to the resistance of the organism to fatigue and the ability to regenerate quickly after a strain. Endurance exercises strengthen the cardiovascular system. A trained heart can pump more blood and thus transport more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Good endurance is not only important for your general training but also beneficial for everyday life and quality of life in general.

The workshop will cover various training options, in which increased complexity plays a particularly important role. Because, there is more than just running.

5. Softening (EN)

As important the strength training and the concomitant „strengthening“ of the body is, as important is the counter-component, the relaxation of the body and the mind. Maybe it is even more important to really soften the body again and again to combat the unwanted side effects of your hard training and daily life. In this category we emphasize on stillness, connecting natural breathing with simple and soft movements as well as movements which are created by kinetic energy. During the workshop we combine external and internal exercises in order to reach quality movements which are powered and supported from the inner astral body of the human being.

IMPORTANT CONTENTS OF THE WORKSHOP

  • Movement is more than you think - a definition

  • The dose makes the poison - there is no fundamentally wrong or bad movement

  • Know your body

  • Use or lose

  • Tension & Relaxation

  • Progressive overload

  • Decoupling & Coupling

  • Resisting gravity

After the workshop, each participant will receive a PDF document with reading material as well as the material covered in the workshop as a video format.

NOTE: The workshop is open to all levels and requires no prior knowledge.

PHYSICAL EXPLORATION WORKSHOP (LEVEL 1 & 2)

 

The workshop Physical Exploration is the counterpart to the Physical Preparation Workshop described above and deals with the locomotion and exploration of one's own body as well as the different possibilities of movement we are given. The ability to move increases the space in which perception as an exploratory activity can take place. This opens up new perspectives on an expanded environment and allows for previously unknown situations and experiences. Both the health-promoting benefits and the creative and creative-artistic context are addressed. 

The focus in this workshop is on movement diversity, which is characterized by different levels. In the levels, one's own body and the environment are perceived from different perspectives and these have different effects on our sensation and also our physicality. A distinction is made between: 

1) the low level - lying

2) the middle level - sitting/squatting (support level 1) & four- or three-foot level (support level 2)

3) the high level - standing

In the planes, both the use of the spine, hands and feet and moving close to the ground play an important role.

FOCUS OF PE-LEVEL 1

Workshop Level 1 offers an introduction to the direction of movement described above and has two main focuses: 

  • what does this form of movement bring for health benefits

  • what are the basics on which this form of movement is based

 

This workshop follows on from Physical Preparation, because it represents the logical continuation of our movement practice. The workshop Physical Preparation offers a good opportunity to learn methods, concepts and principles to supply your body with essential nutrients. Nevertheless, the material presented there also has its limits. In order to be generally healthier and thus ensure an important aspect of freedom, learning and performing new forms and principles of movement as well as using your physical potentials in a broader scenario play an important role. Those who continually expand their personal movement repertoire create diversity - and this is crucial for a balanced and healthy body.

In PE-Level 1 we expand our physical practice and let our entire structure and health benefit from the changing dynamic movement in different levels. Coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance and softness are just a few of the abilities that are challenged and promoted in more complex contexts through this part of the practice. I like to call this workshop the beginning of a "stay young practice".

FOCUS OF PE-LEVEL 2

The workshop PE-Level 2 is the continuation of PE-Level 1 and offers a deeper insight into acrobatic and dancing movements.  Physical topics include learning acrobatic skills through understanding and logical structure, the integration of complex movement patterns, the ability to create sequences and the highest art, the open form. These topics are supported by cognitive and mental concepts such as learning to learn, dealing with frustration and fear, capacity and visualization.

They are joined by questions such as, what movements are aesthetic? How can movement be used to create a certain aesthetic? How can different physical abilities be combined and meaningfully brought together?

 

NOTES: The workshop PE-Level 1 is open to all levels and requires no prior knowledge. However, when registering, please provide a short description of your previous knowledge and whether you already have experience with this topic.

For the workshop PE-Level 2 you need certain experiences. Best is if you already attended PE-Level 1. If not please get in touch with me and we will see if it makes sense if you take part or not.

SURROUNDINGS & GAMES WORKSHOP

The 'Surroundings & Games' workshop represents the two subcategories of my physical practice mentioned in the title. As you can see from the title, it is about movement with the environment and different approaches how we can enrich our training, movement and life practice with games.

 

The category 'Surroundings' goes hand in hand with the third movement relation, the relation to the environment. It includes running and sprinting, balancing, jumping, hanging and swinging, overcoming obstacles, climbing and bouldering, and swimming. In all these subjects we are in dialogue with the environment, and the environment determines how we move. This practice is not necessarily about health and longevity, but rather about exploring and experiencing and feeling alive and in touch with the world. It is about developing and using creativity and improving problem solving, as well as training the eyes and mindset by dealing with different emotions and feelings. By being outside and playfully using the environment, we gain a different perspective on what is and is happening around us. Besides the physical preparation I use information, knowledge and experience from different areas to make this practice safer.

Surroundings' offers many possibilities to use the environment and what is already there in a "realistic" context for your own training and development. This category includes many other subcategories of physical practice. For example, we use coordination, manipulation, strength, flexibility, rhythm, improvisation and capacity contextually for this type of movement.

 

Games' stands for the game. The human being as a player, the Homo Ludens - the playing human being, should help us to avoid a stagnation of our reaction ability and on the contrary to improve it. It is about breaking the mould through games, alone or with a partner, and throwing oneself into various chaotic and unpredictable environments and situations. The game helps us not only to move in relation to ourselves or people with the same skills and rules, but to react to different scenarios and rules and to adapt to new demands - anti-fragile rather than resistant.

 

This kind of movement and training keeps us fresh, relaxed and adaptable and improves our perception and reaction to things happening around us.

HANDBALANCING WORKSHOP LEVEL 1 & 2

CONTENT HANDBALANCING LEVEL 1:

  • Preparation - coordination, mobility and joint placement

  • Capacity

  • Construction and approach to the handstand (from 0 up)

  • Exercises and progressions

  • Processing of different levels up to the current level of the individual participant

  • Cues and meaningful structuring

  • PDF document with reading material and the edited material

NOTE: The workshop is open to all levels and requires no prior knowledge.

 

CONTENT HANDBALANCING LEVEL 2:

  • Preparation - coordination, mobility and joint placement

  • "Aligment Work"

  • "Shapes Changing"

  • "Handstand Integration" - how do I use the handstand outside the line

  • Further skill and strength development (e.g. handstand press, stalder press, wheels etc.) 

NOTE: The Level 2 workshop requires 30-60 seconds of free handstand.

OPPORTUNITIES INTENSIVE

The Intensive OPPORTUNITIES is all about possibilities. The main theme is therefore the diversity and variety of a practice. What can I do and what is there to do?

 

As described above, the exact content of the intensive is not announced in advance and allows the student to be free of expectations and open to everything that happens.

 

Not-Knowing          Tension          Relaxation          Observe          Copy          Explore          Create          Feeling

 

Imagination          Qualities          Breathing          Kinetic Energy          Doing          Analyzing          Being

 

Why?                              What?                               How?

 

 

NOTE: The Intensive is open to any level and requires no prior knowledge, but an open mind and open expectations are important.

HAMBURG MOVEMENT INTENSIVE

The Hamburg Movement Intensive takes place once a year. Each year, I teach as well as other guest teachers who have their own, somewhat special definition of the topic.

The topics can vary from year to year.

 

The Movement Intensive is intended to bring together people from different areas of life and training and provide a platform for mutual exchange. Four teachers teach their experience and knowledge on different topics and thus give the participants the chance to get to know different approaches, methods and philosophies. The Intensive takes two days. Each day has two long classes of 3-4 hours each. The length can vary. More information about this year's Hamburg Movement Intensive can be found on my Facebook page or by contacting me directly.

 

NOTE: The HMI is open to any level and requires no prior knowledge.

STUDENT INTENSIVE

Student Intensive.

 

Or, the week without expectations or announcements.

 

The Student Intensive takes place once a year and lasts 6 days.

NOTE: The Student Intensive is for long-term students only (minimum six months of group training, online support or one-to-one tuition)

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