The Franklin Method is the only movement education with the focus on all the applications of imagery. It teaches function based on evolutionary design and it simplifies the complex structures that make the body capable of what it does, without losing the essence of the understanding of structural design. And perhaps most importantly, the Franklin Method® maintains the focus on learning by doing!
Imagery – the critical body/mind skill
The use of the power of the mind has been known for thousands of years and today, from its original roots, is being used increasingly in many and varied applications. From performance enhancement to behavioural productivity, and now even more in the health sector. Health practitioners, psychologists, movement therapists, athletes and dancers are all embracing the transformational changes that occur from tapping into the power of the mind. The Franklin Method® is embodiment and movement together. It will change your understanding of the body from often-times two-dimensional learning in a book, to a real-life three-dimensional experience. The directed imagery exercises you will learn provides the brain with the feedback it needs to create improvements in movement, flexibility and strength. The Franklin Method® is a simple, fun and welcoming method using imagery, movement and touch in a way that your body will instinctively follow so you can learn to experience the benefits of the mind-body connection.
“If you were in a dark room you would move cautiously – wary of knocking into things or falling.
Franklin Method® turns on the light in your body so you can move freely, avoid collision and, most importantly, enjoy the view!”
Experiential anatomy and reconditioning movement
The Franklin Method® integrates movement, health and well-being through a careful study of the evolution of the human body. Considerations include how the skeleton moves in concert with the biomechanical rhythm of each bone, how each muscle expands and contracts in synchronised waves and even how the organs support flexibility and alignment. Using biomechanical principles, touch and other awareness techniques you will learn to harmonise the underlying systems into a whole, allowing movement and well-being to flow throughout the body. Keeping in mind that the body was designed for movement – “the great elixir of life” – when there is lack of movement life becomes stagnant and stale.
The Franklin Method® exercises explore a rich variety of images to enhance all movements – including everyday activities, walking, sitting, standing, dynamic stretching, Therabands®, Franklin balls, dance, rhythm and improvisation to stimulate the ongoing dialogue of life in the body.
Special Franklin Method® features include liberating the hip joints, strengthening the pelvic floor as a source of central support, balancing the Iliopsoas and abdominals for a free lower back, improving alignment and embodying anatomy with the help of touch, developing imagery for alignment and flexibility, conditioning techniques for abdominals, back, legs, feet, shoulder and arms, and liberating your neck and shoulders
Eric Franklin’s repertoire of books is a must-read to deepen your understanding of the application of imagery to movement.