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Body Tessellations II – Paradoxical Stretching

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In late 2014 I wrote the original Body Tessellations article.  Two years on now the Body Tessellation stretching work has become a hallmark of the Re-patterning Stretching syllabus within the Physical Alchemy method.  More than this, tinkering with this strange concept has led to structural changes within my body; students bodies and even the ‘body’ of the method – this practical experimentation has actually yielded insights that changed the structure of Physical Alchemy (as will be discussed below)! As I ...Read More

Re-patterning Work

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We are robotic. We are of a disenchanted patterning.  Fitness, therapy, wellness, these things don’t concern me.  What concerns me is lack of aliveness, super-charged false-I patterns, humans walking around in a half-life, unable to escape the gravity of their mediocrity.  Dis-embodiment, bureaucratization, homogenization. Re-patterning Work is a framing metaphor for the use of my of physical cultivation, stretching and awareness exercises to evoke re-enchantment in humans.  The guiding principles are explicitly not those of fitness, performance, health or wellness ...Read More

Alchemical Stretching

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Alchemical Stretching Dave Wardman “Alchemical Stretching is when you have both a focus on increasing range of motion and also increasing the quality of sensory impressions from the new area – but with a hierarchy towards the sensory.” [D] Recently I put up two videos (on Vimeo) that go some way towards explaining what I call Alchemical Stretching.  This is part of my divergent phylogeny from Kit’s wonderful Stretch Therapy system and it is how I use stretching in Physical ...Read More