Krysia’s adventures in FAMI, part II!

FAMI 2012 participant and correspondent, Krysia Bock, recaps her experience at this year’s workshop.  (See her anticipation of the course here). Stay tuned for FAMI 2013 dates & deets!

X-Ray Vision… Check

Clear mental map of the human body… Check

Feeling completely overwhelmed, yet excited about the complexity of the human body… Check

Retaining every bit of information from the fami faculty… I’ll get back to you on that.

My experience at the 2012 Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries (FAMI) Workshop was simply amazing.  The energy that the participants brought with them was matched by the faculty of medical professionals.  Walking into the lecture hall on the first day, I tried to prepare myself for the journey to the unknown I was about to embark on.  I was pleasantly welcomed and challenged in the very first lecture, and began to change my perspective of the body as the workshop progressed.  The labs offered the unique opportunity to truly see the body as a connected entity.

For me, the theme of FAMI quickly became clarity.  There were so many small “ah-ha” moments of realization which led to a greater, more accurate picture of the human body.  Talking about regions of the human body in detail during the lectures and seeing the exact structures revealed in the lab changed the mental map of the body that existed in my head.

In the gross lab we could see exactly where muscles attached, how they were layered, and what other structures were nearby.  All of this added on layers to my map.  Understanding the anatomy and function of the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments was amazing, but also seeing where nerves, arteries, and organs are in the same region helped me understand how and why injuries can happen and how detrimental they can be.   With a clearer mental map of the body, I have more confidence in teaching and programming for injured clients.

Another point driven home by the faculty was that the human body heals itself amazingly well.  Listening to the doctors speak about the complexities of our muscles, joints, nerves and organs, I realized how much they respect and revere the body.  We demand a lot from our bodies in our daily life and need to move in order to maintain health and balance.  This is where I could see the medical community and the movement community merging.  Doctors see injuries and conditions when they are already in an extreme state.  Movement instructors try to help prevent injuries and promote healing to the body systems post-injury.  Movers and doctors alike appreciate the human form and do everything they can within their own respective training to help heal this remarkable living body.

The most enjoyable part of workshop was the enthusiasm of the faculty and participants.  Both groups were feeding off of each other.  The faculty was so passionate about revealing this unique method of interpreting the human body, and the participants were soaking up the information with wide eyes, hungry for more.  At the end of each day, tired and with my brain on overload, I still wanted to stay longer, ask more questions, and listen to each doctor speak more about the topic of that day.  I could tell my fellow participants felt the same way.

There was another opportunity to remain in FAMI mode even after the workshop ended each day – take home cases.  These were prepared scenarios, one for each day of the workshop, that allowed us to practically apply the knowledge we learned earlier that day.  Even though the anatomy workshop had ended, it did not mean the inner anatomy nerd had to be silenced.

As a final note, especially for those of us with a weakness for stylish shoes, seeing an Xray of the foot inside a stiletto heel has forever changed the way I look at high heels.  With the toes jammed at the end of the shoe, the ankle being forced to stay in plantar flexion and no possible way to articulate movement throughout the entire foot, it’s no wonder these torture devices hurt our feet.  There is more contempt in my eyes and I will definitely think twice about wearing them – thank you, Dr. Laitman.

Krysia Bock hails from northern Virginia where she first became interested in dance and movement at a young age.  She holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Towson University in Towson, Maryland and attended summer dance intensives at the Boston Conservatory, The Ailey School and The American Dance Festival as a scholarship student.  Professionally, Krysia has worked with D.C. based choreographer Francesca Jandasek on the premire of ‘BARE’ at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage.  In New York City she has danced with Anahata Dance, Jen Kosky Dance Theater and presented her own choreography at the Chen Dance Center.  In the spring of 2011 she completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Ashiyana Yoga Center in Goa, Inida.  She is also a Pilates instructor training at The Kane School of Core Integration in New York City.  She has taught Yoga and Pilates group classes and private sessions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, University of Florida located in Gainsville, FL and Naropa University located in Boulder, CO.  Currently Krysia teaches and practices yoga and Pilates and collaborates with Baltimore based vocal percussionist/beatboxer Shodekeh on work where expression is solely produced by the body. 


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