Get Down :-) The Ground is Friendly!

Get Down :-) The Ground is Friendly!

Well now, I HAD planned for and prepared a video all about “What if ‘relaxing’ makes you anxious??”   However, then a new topic LEAPED into place here, wanting to go first.  So, that is how it shall be 🙂

The other will come next week, as the “bonus” for August, since August has 3 Tuesdays in it.

Today – is all about exploring and celebrating our foundational relationship with… the ground.  It’s here all the time.  It offers non-judgemental support 🙂

And it is ohhhh sooooo useful, for locomotion, strength, power, and effectiveness in our movement.

And yet, for many, getting down to the ground – and back up again – and moving around on the ground – has become something that is avoided, because it is awkward, or scary, or uncomfortable.

This basically cuts off half your world of movement – and it often makes the movement you DO have, fearful.  Fear of falling.  Fear of injury.  Fear of pain.  Fear of looking silly or awkward.  Fear of not being able to get up again.  And, your nervous system (whose job it is to keep you SAFE) – gets very jittery – and tight – when concerned about falling, and about pain.

So, what can help to shift that?

Start exploring.  Gently, comfortably, in a way you enjoy.

I recently got back from a FABULOUS workshop with Irene Lyon (a strong, powerful AND very fluidly moving colleague and friend of mine) called “The New Inner Game LIVE”, which she taught along with Elia Mrak (dancer, choreographer, and teacher of movement extraordinaire) – whose relationship with the ground is sooooo evident and compelling.  I LOVED it, and LOVED deepening my own already big love for and appreciation of the ground – and how to move well, in a close relationship with the ground.  Oh yeah.  !!!  🙂

And so, this video wanted to happen.  It includes footage of my daughter and me exploring how to “get down” (and back up, and totally enjoy how we can move on the ground in between too).  AND – it includes footage of Elia Mrak doing some spontaneous movement in Irene’s studio… so that you too can be inspired by him.  And… some horses, because horses so clearly embody a solid connection with the ground.   And… a wee bit of cat video, because cats clearly love rolling around on that great ground, eh.

This was created with fun, with heart, with a desire to invite you too to explore the goodness that is right here, under our feet and hands and butts.  🙂

The key thing is:  explore gently, in ways that feel good.  “Look for” what feels like good, clear support.  Listen to your body, and sense how you can get and sense good support coming through you – so that you feel safe as you move.

Kerstin and I are doing this all the way through:  I have a ruptured knee ligament in one leg, and her shoulder was needing some care.  So we are both moving with care, to make sure that what we do feels good and well-supported in our bodies.  And by taking that care, we are able to find all this fun stuff to do, that works and feels good.  Yay!

After watching the video, in invite you to have some fun and start playing with YOUR relationship with the ground – or if the ground is daunting, explore ANY surface that gives you support (like a bed, a chair, a sofa, some stairs… you choose!)  🙂

Happy exploring!

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About the Author:

Violet van Hees is a movement freedom specialist who works with people (and with horses) to release tightness and pain, and to transform body "stuckness" into something that you can work with. We then use what emerges to create new freedom and ease in your movement and in what you do, in ways that feel safe and reasonable - and that work - for you. Violet is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders. She works with a deep interest in and understanding of biomechanics, neuroplasticity, body response to trauma, energy work, and how we learn.


  1. Peter August 24, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Violet, that was so much fun. Trust that your group of ground rollers will have a good time with you. I enjoyed watching the video from beginning to end. You had some contact improv going on there. It is as if the bones disappear when EM goes into and comes out from the floor. The floor is our friend as is the ground. Thanks for the reminder. Zestfully Cheering.

    • Violet van Hees August 24, 2016 at 4:29 am

      Thanks Peter! Glad you enjoyed it. I (and my daughter) had fun making it. Yes, Elia moves in a way that is sooooo … clear and soft and amazingly smooth eh… It’s mesmerizing. I loved being around him for three days, to absorb that quality of movement as if by osmosis into my body. 🙂 I can feel your Zestful Cheering – love it!! All the very best – Violet

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