I went to my first InterPlay class last night. A few weeks ago at a networking event, I met a fun woman named Gretchen. Given my expressive arts coaching approach, she thought I’d appreciate InterPlay and invited me to check out a session with her.
I loved the studio the minute I walked in. It was warm, open and inviting and the people there were very welcoming. I felt right at home!
We did a series of individual, group and partner exercises involving movement, sound and play. One of the activities was allowing ourselves to “exform.” Interplay defines exformation as the opposite of information. Instead of taking in energy and data, it allows us to release excess energy. After “exforming” I sat back down with my dance witness Gretchen to debrief.
I talked about what it was like to move around freely (after having been sitting most of the day), to be inspired by what I was sensing and to let those sensations be explored and expressed.
I started to say “I feel…” searching to find the words to describe my experience.
I tried again to articulate it, “I feel…….”
Finally, Gretchen just said, “You FEEL!”
“Ah, yes, you’re right, Gretchen! I feel (period).”
As I sat along the wall, I could feel its cool, rough texture through the back of my t-shirt. My feet felt moist against the smoothness of the hardwood floor. My fingers tingled with energy. Dancing around and letting my body wisdom move me was very freeing and helped me be hyper aware of feeling! Fancy that.
I’m definitely coming back to InterPlay! By the way, their booklet explaining InterPlay’s eight body wisdom principles is a small handwritten accordion book (see picture above). Are these my kind of peeps, or what?!