28 mei 2019 Caroline van de Ven

Feet first: Feet on earth know, feet up in the air know too!

Wow, one moment I am down and out and the next I am in the midst of new adventures… I was in New York last month to join, support and cheer the new trainees on their way to become 5Rhythms teachers. So, I was back at the Garrison Institute, a former monastery, now an inspiring spiritual centre, beautifully situated on the banks of the Hudson. Being there again brought up sweet memories of my own teacher training some years ago…

The module of this recent teacher training was about embodiment. Focus on the body; we practised our rhythms, we moved and danced for hours and hours, day after day; bodyparts, bodyparts, bodyparts… emphasis on feet, where it all starts… feet first… feet on earth know…

All our body wisdom comes from feet… I began the training with stiff ankles and rusty calfs, rigid feet, strained muscles… but after some days of feet first, letting the dance start from feet, some miles of walking meditation and barefoot walks outside, I developed new connections with my feet… the quality of my foot tissue changed, my feet softened and opened… I experienced more space, more mobility, more sensations, vibrations, more information coming through; I started listening with my feet, breathing through my feet, following my feet, trusting my feet; amazing what my feet did tell me, how lively they became … I didn’t know my feet had all of that in them… my feet felt released and reborn…

At some point during this teacher training Erik Iversen, member of the teaching staff, stated that our feet generally are bored, because of spending so much time in shoes… and yes… I must admit… that was exactly what occurred to me after some days…. sorry dear feet, for neglecting you for such a long time…

Now that I am attuned to these stunning vivid connections in all 52 bones of my feet,
their 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons, I am in awe of the complex movements my feet are able to make, so that I can walk, go everywhere, take in information from earth, nourish my whole body with sensitivity and mobility… feet on earth know… feet up in the air know too…

A next step for me is to orient on buying barefoot shoes… another adventure…

About the Author

Caroline van de Ven Caroline van de Ven is 5Ritmes® docent en lid van de 5Rhythms Teachers Association (5RTA). Zij werd opgeleid door Jonathan Horan, zoon van Gabrielle Roth, de moeder van de 5 Ritmes®. Voorheen werkte Caroline als fysiotherapeut, klassiek homeopaat en beeldend kunstenaar. Tevens is zij geschoold in Gestalttherapie, lichaamsgerichte therapie, wetenschappelijk medisch onderzoek en diverse dansvormen (klassiek, beat- & jazzballet). Ook deed zij een opleiding Rouwverwerking om mensen in de dans te kunnen begeleiden bij verlies (verlies van een geliefde door overlijden, maar ook verlies van gezondheid, werk, relatie, etc.). Momenteel geeft en organiseert zij 5 Ritmes® lessen, workshops en lezingen. Daarnaast assisteert zij collega’s bij hun workshops in binnen- en buitenland. Haar thuisbasis is in Beek-Ubbergen, vlakbij Nijmegen; van daaruit reist zij graag, ze geeft ook les in Zuid-Limburg en incidenteel in Keulen en Düsseldorf in Duitsland en in Linz in Oostenrijk. Het dansen van de 5 Ritmes®, bewegend mediteren, is haar leefstijl geworden.