Franklin Method Level 3 Educator and Dance Artist Shannon Murphy leads this deep dive into the anatomy of the diaphragm, its importance for breathing and how to embody it through imagery and motion.
You don’t have to be dancer to dance with the diaphragm!

Live Webinar on Tuesday April 6, 2021

“Dancing with the Diaphragm


The diaphragm is the layer of internal muscle that separates the thoracic cavity from the abdominal cavity, and it plays a vital role in how we breathe. Given the importance of proper breathing for overall wellbeing, understanding and embodying the function of the diaphragm is essential knowledge.

Participants will be introduced to the functional anatomy of the diaphragm and learn imagery tools to help us notice our breathing. Although Shannon is a dance artist and brings 15 years of experience connecting Franklin Method to western dance techniques, this workshop is designed for a beginner’s mind – anyone who likes to move will benefit from this teaching.

Shannon kicks off this class with a traditional Franklin Method warm up, introducing tools for awareness and increasing sensation of self. We’ll then explore the anatomy and dynamics of this vital muscle, and tune in to how embodiment of the diaphragm influences our balance and mobility. The second half of the webinar focuses on using imagery for the diaphragm to generate dance through guided improvisations. You certainly don’t need to be a dancer to enjoy the awareness and creativity that rise to the surface when practicing this dance of vitality.

If you’d like to know more about Shannon, you can read our interview with her here.

Join us LIVE from your home!
–Tuesday, April 6, 2021 @4pm CET–
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“When you learn how to hear what’s going on in your body, and learn how to work with it and develop imagery that supports it, a lot of the wear and tear starts to fall away.” – Shannon Murphy


This 2-hour webinar covers:

  • The best imagery exercises for breathing and the diaphragm
  • Deep dive into the functional anatomy of the diaphragm and how it influences our health and vitality
  • How to become more aware of how we breathe
  • Movement improvisation based on imagery techniques
  • Introduction to the “Art of Change” Franklin Method principle


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