Contact Ken gilbert | embodyment

Contact ken gilbert | EMBODYMENT

Let me know what you sense, imagine, feel and create . . . 

22 East Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
United States

(805) 452-7164

Somatic Education in Body-Centered Movement:

Pilates | Nia | Expressivity

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Aesthetic Anatomy - The PENTAD


Physical & Energetic Integration of body | MIND

Aesthetic Anatomy - The PENTAD is a way of looking at and practicing the alignment and posture of an individual's body. Every individual's alignment is a physical demonstration of their anatomy: bones, joints, connective tissue and muscle. The posture of an individual reflects their personal relationship with their anatomy and alignment; and, how the individual demonstrates this relationship. 

The philosophical approach of ken gilbert | EMBODYMENT is to look at and witness alignment and posture from the inside out and from the outside in; through the design of The PENTAD (5-Pointed Star). Looking a the body aesthetically, rather than clinically, movement is most efficiently demonstrated from the "Center Core" or center of the 5-Pointed Star. This technique and methodology is steeped in body awareness, mindfulness and expressivity.

  • BODY Awareness - paying attention to Body sensations as a source of information about the body's actions and reactions to movement, thoughts and emotions.
  • MIND Fullness - the act of a sentient-conscious Mind and Spirit while sustaining BODY Awareness and connection to Emotion.
  • EXPRESS Ivity - "ivity": a suffix for EXPRESS; though it is not quite a non-word, not simply improper or wrong it defines a state of the human experience that is expressed into the world. A unique sense of self, expressed in the moment of action.

Teaching & Learning

ken gilbert | EMBODYMENT is body-centered Somatic Education based on sourcing the action of isolated parts of the body that will later be engaged and integrated into whole body movement. The philosophy and application is based on the “Hierarchy of Competence” from Noel Burch by Igor Kokcharov. It suggests that individuals are initially unaware of how little they know, or unconscious of their incompetence. As they recognize their incompetence, they consciously acquire a skill, then consciously use it. Eventually, the skill can be utilized without it being consciously thought through: the individual is said to have then acquired unconscious competence.  

  • Unconscious Incompetence - "I don't know what I don't know."
  • Conscious Incompetence - "I know what I don't know."
  • Conscious Competence - "I know what I know when I put my attention on it."
  • Unconscious Competence - "I know that I know."

Ken believes that it is the personal integrity of an individual's body/emotional awareness and mental/spirit consciousness becomes a mindful way of living in a body.

Habitual Movement (Habit) verses Voluntary movement

Most bodies learn a movement or movement pattern and repeat it over and over again - this becomes a Habitual Movement whether or not it is efficient or "healthy". Voluntary Movement is the ability of the body and brain to work together through body awareness and mental consciousness; when the chosen movement is efficient and dynamic for alignment and "right" posture, the body will assume the "new" movement into sustainable efficiency.

Proprioception & coordination

Proprioception is the body's awareness of where it is in space and time; it is an essential survival reflex of the body. When movement is activated from proprioception the body feels safe and moves with a systemic (whole body) sensibility; rather than moving in pieces and parts. Coordination is the ability to engage the brain/body relationship into whole body movements stimulating several body parts simultaneously in a designed or chosen pattern or sequence. When proprioception and coordination unite the holistic quality of expression is accomplished.

5 Joint Actions of the SPINE

To have a healthy spine an individual must move everyday to develop, maintain and sustain a healthy spine: Cervical (5 vertebrae), Thorasic (12 vertebrae), Lumbar (5 vertebrae), Sacrum (5 bones fused) and "Tailbone".  In order to activate a healthy integration of body/mind and mind/body relationships through the nervous system the vertebrae and discs must move in their unique manner. 

  • Forward Flexion - forward bending.

  • Extension - backward bending.

  • Lateral Flexion (and extension) - side bending.

  • Rotation - rotation on a axis.

  • Circumduction - pivoting on a point.

opposing forces

All through life, standing upright can become a "Pull Up" lifting the body alignment away from the compression of gravity. Also, creating physical and energetic traction by moving two parts of the the body in "opposing" directions. Aligning the spine; pelvis, chest and head to orient a posture in relationship to gravity. Organizing the bones and muscle through a softening and release of the Myofascia (connective tissue that wraps muscle and bone) memory which holds the body in positions and movements that are habitual and/or reflexive.

Mid-line & Plumb-line

Imagine looking down at the body from overhead or looking up from underneath the feet and visualize cross-hairs the are centered at the spine. There is a relationship between these four quadrants.

  • Mid-Line - dividing the two sides of the body (left and right)

  • Plumb-Line - dividing the anterior and posterior side (front and back)

Hovering of Four Halos @ the CENTER CORE*

Anatomically and energetically, the spine is a relationship between the Four Halos of the Spine; creating an adapted balance at the Pelvis, Chest and Head. These halos are like hula hoops that float physically and energetically at these landmarks:

  • Hip-to-Hip - at the pelvis one hip to another 
  • Diaphragmatic Rim - energetically at the Xiphoid Process around the base of the rib cage to the back of the spine

  • Shoulder-to-Shoulder - including the clavicle and ridge across the back of the shoulder blades

  • Eyes (at the "Third Eye") - head balanced on top of the spine

 Center Core

Center Core is an anatomical location at the base of the Xiphoid Process engaging the 4 primary abdominal muscles (Rectus Abdominis, Internal Obliques, External Obliques, and Transversus (the lower connections to the Center Core are near the pubic bone. Advanced movement from the Center Core includes engagement of the Serratus (Anterior and Posterior), the diaphragm (particularly in the attachments to the lowest rib (anterior) and to the five lowest ribs (posterior) and the Quadratus Lumborum.