Moving in Your Skin

Imagine wearing a medium weave body sweater and socks.  Imagine moving inside a sweater and how it slides over your body as you do so.  If however, there is a tear or a place that has been darned or if the sweater has been pulled out of shape, the sweater will not slide over the body as easily.  Nor will it hang the same or maintain its shape.  The sweater has been pulled or mended out of form.

The point of this is that we are basically wearing a sweater made up of connective tissue that moves over the bones and muscles and in which the muscles can work and the bones can align.

The purpose is to have the fascia (sweater) aligned again to attain that smooth movement capability, ease of movement and maintaining a beautiful shape.

 

Breathing and Re-booting

True deep breathing incorporates the chest, ribs, back, waist, belly and finally the sacrum.  The breath fills the whole cavity.  It’s not forced.  More ‘room’ can be provided internally through structural work.  Awareness is achieved.  These provide a more calming and relaxing breath that ‘reboots’ the system.

Golfers improve your game and stay flexible

So of course you know:

All the lessons in the world aren’t helpful if your body isn’t flexible, at ease, balanced or able to do what your instructor suggests.  If it is not able to move or move the way you wish then you are working against yourself.  Having correct posture, and easy swing, being able to adjust your movements while playing are critical.   Of course this is true for any sport.

This is where Structural Integration comes in and is very helpful while wildly improving your game.  Make this a critical part of your golf work out or regime in self care.

Structural Integration and Restaurant Staff

There are some real practical uses for Structural Integration (Formerly known as Rolfing®).

For those workers in restaurants, whether wait staff, cooks, chefs, bussers. Injuries can be anything from knee, shoulder, arms, backs, necks from falls, slips, heavy loads, incorrect body placement. It can all have an effect and can be very painful.

Whether athlete, office worker, restaurant staff or construction worker among many, one needs to get body work, fascia release, in order to move better, be more flexible and more resilient.

Fascia, the moving matrix

I would like to think of fascia as being everywhere.  Sort of like when you jump into the ocean, it is all around you.  This tissue, fascia, can become dry, ropey, inflexible and painful.  By working with it, the tissue becomes lubricated.  By aligning it and educating the client, balance occurs.  Once this happens, the muscles can begin working, fluids run freely through the body, muscles slide off one another and the bones span.  All of this in this soft matrix that is malleable, resilient and able to adjust easily.  We all want this and we want it to continue throughout our lives.

What a great medium to work with!

Golf, tennis, rowing, running etc. season coming up!

Now that spring is coming (albeit slowly) it is a great time to reiterate the importance of getting  into more resilient and flexible shape, working out those winter kinks and injuries from skiing or those that never really got better from last year.

This is where my Rolf work, (structure integration), can come into play.  It is a great enhancement to the sport before and during the season.

This work can help improve your game by keeping you at your most aligned, efficient and resilient with an ease of movement conducive to a long and enjoyable season.

It’s time!

Blizzard 2015?

It Feels Like a Survival Weekend. I am sure lots of people are heading for the slopes. I would be happy to get to the beach and cross-country.

Or tackle my income tax.  And take photos… before and after ….

What do you do?

Space

Space is the final frontier.  I agree with that but what kind of space?

In outer space?  Under the ocean?  More than one acre?  Core space?

There is nothing like seeing for miles, space, room…there is room for your thoughts to develop, to go.  Space for all the molecules to expand and breathe.   Room to be alone and enjoy it.

Imagine running through a field where you can yell, breathe fresh air and not see malls or crowds or multi buildings around you.

This is what I am talking about.  It creates a great sense of freedom and dimension that one cannot get in crowds and crowded areas.

The Yips

There is a great article in The New Yorker (May 26, 2014) that goes on and on as the articles in this magazine do. It is pretty extensive on the topic of ‘The Yips’. It is much like writer’s block and there are questions as to its origin. At any rate this affects the control of their shots.

Other names are “the jerks”, “whiskey fingers”, “the staggers”, “freezing” and “the waggles”.

Other sports are also affected, such as cricket bowlers, those who play darts, archery or baseball (going by different names).

For those suffering from this, the article is a great one.

Tensegrity

In my mind, ultimate balance, that incredible lightness of being. One is so balanced that they feel light. No need to ‘hold’ anything or rigidly put the body into place.

By tensegrity I mean the whole three dimensional structure of the human form working in a constant state of tension and compression to afford an ease in balance even when moving. There is no need to force. Our bodies are equipped to work in this multidimensional balance.