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whether on the trapeze table or the reformer includes using imagery to forge the kind of mind-body connection that:
enhances free spinal movement,
accesses deep core strength,
encourages the person studying here to be able to use the imagery for
sports, stretching, exercise, and posture
performed outside of the studio.
the most instantaneous and most sustainable changes in the body despite our tendencies to doubt or even dispel subtlety.
and it's potential effect on the feet and spine:
ocean waves that roll on to the shore are immediately
drawn back into the sea where they emerged from.
There is a great informative force in this element of surf.
The retreating surf can be used either actually or imaginatively to help you to better understand how you connect to the supportive power of the heels in the back body by releasing the tendons in the front of the ankle.
but there are countless unseen waves
that affect our lives in every moment:
thought waves, brain waves, cellular waves.
If only we could trust that the thought waves we send from our minds into the universe and from our minds into our bodies have the unquestionable ability to be helpful to understanding and empowering ourselves.
Learn to trust that your imagination is key to your everyday postural support:
If your back and feet are killing you while standing in stilettos at a party, or while you're waiting for the bus, or while you're jogging along the sidewalk, it is awkward to have to remove your shoes, and implausible to be able to lay down on the dance floor or your host's carpeted foyer or on a street corner to perform some stretching exercises.
But you can, in any social scene, sport or exercise endeavor, send thoughts of softening to the toes, top of the foot, and front of the ankle as if the gentle rushing of the ocean's retreating surf were washing back over the tops of the feet.
This softening of the entire front of the foot (everything extending in front of the ankle) gives you the wave energy forward in order to be able to advance in your steps
But the body works in balance:
It is most efficient, and you will find the most ease, freedom, and power to your steps:
if you can imaginatively extend a wave energy also with your heel,
even with your feet still in your heels..........................
This imagery would be appropriate for partying all night,
for marathon running,
for performing the challenging chair pose in yoga,
on the Pilates trapeze table here at Backbone and Wingspan.
At this time in the course of human development, it seems that people really wish to believe that their thoughts can change their life circumstances.
Hence, the enormous mainstream popularity of The Secret, but also
Law Of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Manifest Your Destiny by Wayne Dyer
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Each of these books and their authors
explore various avenues towards
using thought to bring about desirable life changes.
There's More on the Shore than Meets the Eye:
Sound Waves Shock Waves
"On the atomic level, all phenomenon vibrate as standing waves.
Standing waves appear with finite boundaries. Our bodies, organs, cells, etc. are standing waves…..
The four elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air are archetypal standing waves, meaning they are types of arcs in the face of the wave."
When I first explored standing waves a year or so ago through the writings of my teacher, Elizabeth,
and her weblog
I thought of the image of my upright spine as being a wave that extended out from above my head and also extended down from below my feet, as opposed to a rod that was constrained in my body.
The emotional wave that washed through my body from imaging this thought of my spine as a wave in two directions led me into a transformational experience.
You can read about it if you like by clicking on to the link above for Everyday Sacred.
Even though I had not been to the ocean in months when I read Elizabeth's writing and commented on it during the month of March, I could recall the sense of oceanic waves that I had experienced in times before at the beach, and I could re-imagine the ocean waves' effect on my spine.
This is a key element of what I would like to put forth to you:
your thought of sensory feelings that you have experienced previously or that you can imagine experiencing are empowering to your body now in this moment.
Thanks so much for reading !
Comments and questions always welcome !
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