What lies underneath our skin organ? Fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, liquids, nerves,…How can we enhance it all?
Quite simple : MOVEMENT. Keep it all hydrated, mobile and supportive. Because once you stop, your body will respond with cranky tension that restricts your movement —> restricts enjoyment of life.
Courtesy of Antoine Bridier-Namias
of dancing grace
long lean legs
feeling my body
all of its parts
of the ropes
to the core
near mermaids by the sea
with Cleopatra in beauty
a loving gift
for my body
Corinne Van Meter of St. George, UT
Pilates Style Magazine, January/February 2014 issue, p16
A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.”
Different strategies for doing so :
-release work : foam rolling, mini balls, theraband…
-breath work : deep, voluminous bellows to flush out the airways
-movement : whatever you enjoy with conscious alignment to avoid repetitive injuries
—> free up the body to settle into a good stance —> mind possibilities flourish
"Most of the work happens in the last two inches." Jay Grimes
Practice : Complete the movement expression at the last moment, with the last bit of power and focus you can muster —> to expand & release vs collapse & crumble.
When a 64 year old Grace Jones hoops + sings at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee more then just her core was engaging.
"In fact, exercisers can expect similar results from hooping as they’d get from boot-camp classes, step aerobics and cardio kickboxing…" John Porcari of the Exercise and Health Program at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Check out John’s study results on hooping.
Goal : If the goal is to enjoy movement this could be a solid option.
Ubong Tribe’s strong posture— especially the glute medius
I had the honor of attending a workshop on The Gokhale Method this past weekend with the spectacular teacher, Joanna Cowan. This method has coined the phrase “primal posture”. Using past civilizations and present less industrialized cultures as visual inspiration and proof for how to move pain free with supportive posture. This method is a beautiful, empowering way to move. I fully recommend looking into it for you or anyone you know that respects the body + movement.
How do you relate to this visual? Is it the positioning of the pelvis, head, arms…?
Goal : Use the above image to stack your body parts in a way that facilitates comfort and ease of movement. Don’t allow yourself to crumble.