Distraction has been shown to enhance creativity I.e. by forcing conscious awareness away from the task at hand and allowing the subconscious to express itself. This is analogous to the techniques used for implicit learning that draw attention away from the body, and de-emphasise explicit cues in favour of focusing on the external effects of a movement, and using imagery for cueing.
Analogy/metaphor as in the case of “melting” muscles seems like it will be most useful for dance/movement practice where there are not obvious external effects to focus on like there are in sports where objects (balls etc) are used.
Orientation within space relative to head position may be useful for certain movements that can be learned slowly and segmentally, like various spins for example. Analogy/metaphor therefore seems like an ideal method for implicitly improving posture which often involves little or no movement, or limited external interaction.
Different postures or stances involved in training (front squat, deadlift, support position on rings) do use equipment, which means that other methods for creating implicit learning opportunities are available to use when it comes to strength and conditioning.
– Lift the arm with bent elbow, attempt to let go of shoulder muscles only.
– Tensing the bicep for 10 seconds, then passively holding with opposite arm before releasing.
– With the bicep bent and the shoulder at 90 degrees, relax the forearm only.
– Trying to swing the hand from the end of the arm like the ball and cup game.
– Tense/relax while passively holding the bicep bent. (This seems harder than allowing the arm to fall when relaxed)
– Elevate the shoulder, bend the arm, then make a fist, then relax one by one.
– As above but in reverse order.
– Using a resistance band wrapped around a stick in order to lift and manipulate the leg in a standing position. (After just a short time, the leg feels much lighter, and walking feels smoother. A similar lightness and freedom is experienced with the arms too. Most tension seems to be held in the hips and neck)