For bodywork books I’d suggest dipping into the work of Alexander Lowen. His several fascinating tomes include Bioenergetics: sample quote - ‘Spontaneity, not consciousness, is the essential quality of self-expression… A proper balance between ego control and spontaneity would allow an impulse to be expressed in its most efficient form, yet be strongly infused with the life of the person.’
Action Theatre, The Improvisation of Presence, by Ruth Zaporah, is an elegant and usable book. Sample quote: ‘The rules defining the exercises are constraints that isolate components of human behaviour. These rules open pathways that lead into unexplored territories where the mind and body rejoin, where there’s no disparity between action and being’.
Another practical book stuffed with activities is Mindful Spontaneity, Lessons in the Feldenkrais Method, by Ruthy Alon, who asks ‘A straight back or a wise back?’.
In practice, I’d recommend an Alexander Technique one-to-one session with a qualified teacher. And we’ll be including elements of Alexander Technique explicitly and implicitly during the Improvisation Academy sessions during the Foundation course.