Last week we worked with the feet, creating awareness and sensing support from the ground up.
This week our body part is hands. The hands allow us to create, to put into action our imagination and ideas. Arms and hands reach, hold, grab, punch, push and give us a way to build and destroy, hold on or let go. We express our desire to give and take, take in and release with this body part. They are extensions of our emotions and can help us communicate feelings.
"We often enact our feelings of love, caring and tenderness with our arms and hands. We most often use our arms and hands to connect with others. Arms and hands are the most socially accepted way to make contact in most cultures. Arms and hands reach out to express longing and desire." -Daria Halprin, The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy
Begin your dance with your fingertips. Bring movement into the fingers, into the palms, wrists, elbows and shoulders. Notice the articulations, undulations, opens and closes of these body parts. Extend and reach. Fold and contract. Make a fist, then open this tightness and feel the contrast. See if your breath can mirror the open and close of the hands. Continue your exploration until your dance feels complete.
Come to your drawing pad. Outline your hands. Make a hand collage of multiple outlines or even just one. When your hand collage feels complete, answer these questions:
What are you holding in your hands?
What are you releasing?
What are you grabbing onto?
What are you pushing?
What are you punching?
What are you poking and prodding?