Awareness Through Movement (ATM) is a verbally directed approach, practiced by groups and individuals. Engaging in this form of pleasurable “exercise” or mindfulness training may be done alone or with a practitioner.
This method highly motivates people, because it is enjoyable, unusual and instantly gratifying.
ATM lessons are, easy-to-do, including slow and active movements. By activating the brain in unique ways, sensory attention, motor learning, perception and thinking develop awareness so that outstanding performance is achieved for each individual.
A typical lesson combines numerous movements, which are elegantly organized around a functional activity.
Examples of such functional activities include breathing, child like, rolling, crawling, sitting up to standing, jumping, walking and running.
Movements related to sports, such as swinging a tennis racket or golf club, throwing a ball, swimming, dancing and gymnastics are addressed as well.
Experiments in movement-based imagery and visualization that pertain to perception, cognition, and other aspects of motor function are included in each lesson.
Throughout the lessons, students learn to integrate their new skills into their self-image, affecting all parts of their lives. Everyone becomes more capable in sports, daily activities and social situations.