As artists, our nervous system is more than our survival mechanism, it’s our instrument. The current heightened circumstances in our world can cause our instruments to take on more than they can functionally handle until we find ourselves disconnected, out of relationship, out of tune, and floating above ground.
In this 60-minute workshop led by Jessica Webb, we will use a fusion of the Alexander Technique and trauma-informed somatic work to explore the basics of nervous system function and how to restore it. We’ll rediscover the ground beneath us, find the space within our physical bodies, and practice ways to support and take care of our nervous systems. This workshop will include a guided exploration to consciously invite our systems into self-regulation, as well as plenty of time to ask questions and engage with Jessica.
Join StageSource and Jessica Webb for a nervous system tune-up! You only need yourself and somewhere to land. Tune into the Zoom event, cameras are optional, and questions are always welcome.
Please register by 11:15am, September 5th. Taking Space with Jessica Webb is Pay What You Can ($0, $5, $10, or $20). We understand that at this time our communities are facing huge economic obstacles, and we are extremely sensitive to that. All proceeds benefit StageSource’s ability to provide ongoing programming to support the community. Make sure to include your email so you can receive a Zoom link. The Zoom room will be closed for entry at 12:15pm.
At StageSource we strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. We understand that at this time there are huge inequities that go along with virtual programming. StageSource wants to aid in decreasing that gap as much as we are able -- to request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact email@example.com.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
A NOTE FROM JESSICA:
One of the goals of Taking Space is to de-escalate and de-stigmatize the word 'trauma.' For our purposes, we want to define 'trauma' simply as an interruption of our fight or flight response-- it's main roots or symptoms are found through a sense of holding or immobilization.
All we are looking for during the workshop is to help support and restore some of the movement inherent within our systems. We do this not by moving more deeply into specific traumatic experiences or events, but rather by expanding our attention and restoring our relationship to the present by guiding it to soft things, pleasant things, supportive things (what we'll call Resourcing) and to restore our systems' natural pendulation and balance (what we'll call Self-Regulation).
Please note: These exercises are not meant as a replacement for private or individual work with a therapist or somatic professional. Instead, we are exploring supportive movement, functional release, and consciously cultivating joy, safety, and peace for our system.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.