We are all body users. Whether we are texting a friend on our iphone, running a marathon, playing in a band or acting in a play, we need to understand the body’s full capacity. Enhanced body or kinesthetic awareness of our muscles and bones allows us to move and perform with more confidence, safety and expression. But how do we gain the most efficient use? In this body awareness class we will explore muscles and bones in movement and at rest, the use of tension, learn about respiration and its importance to function, and study the nervous system and stress response. Using the body awareness method, Kinetic Awareness you will investigate your own body with focused attention, movement and touch. You will integrate kinesthetic experience with factual and visual information. Class is divided between experience and lecture. Olsen’s Body Stories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy and Irene Dowd’s Taking Root to Fly: Articles on Functional Anatomy are required texts along with selections from Dimon’s Anatomy of the Moving Body and The Anatomy Coloring Book.