Humans naturally avoid pain. If you feel pain when you move, you will change the way you move. Over years of moving in particular patterns, we become set in our ways. There may be better, less painful ways to move, but we continue to automatically walk the same way, stand the same way, reach the same way.
Awareness Through Movement lessons introduce the student to new and unaccustomed ways of moving. The movement experimentation leads to ways of moving that are comfortable and pleasant. The central nervous system naturally prefers a way a moving that is comfortable and this basic set of facts produces a profound effect – old movement patterns are changed, and so is the pain that goes with it.