The Hidden Pathway

06.11.17 Some months ago I began writing a list of exercises for learning how to control the lumbar spine and how to differentiate between movement that originates in the hip from that of the low back.  As my list of variations grew an interesting pattern emerged: all of these exercises required and promoted “core” strengthContinue reading “The Hidden Pathway”

Mobility, Metaphors and Cached Selves

06.11.17 The book Metaphors We Live By has been a great inspiration to me ever since I read it earlier this year.  One thing that came to light while reading was the way in which my relationship with my body was shaped by unhelpful metaphors.  The first that I noticed was the idea of mobilityContinue reading “Mobility, Metaphors and Cached Selves”

Before You Run

29.10.17 I began an experiment examining my movements while walking, beginning with my normal gait.  I filmed myself for five minutes each time as this was the recording limit on my camera, but this length of time was enough to allow me to settle into my posture which would possibly be altered by the knowledgeContinue reading “Before You Run”

Sedentary Athlete’s Dilemma

“Not to beat the car metaphor to death, but you have to look at every athlete as a complex engine with thousands of moving parts. And you, the coach, are trying to squeeze every single drop of horsepower you can out of that engine.”   Movement is never a simple black and white dichotomy, andContinue reading “Sedentary Athlete’s Dilemma”

Low and Mighty

24.09.17 As self-domesticated animals we retain strong links to our primal history and physical nature through our relatively unchanged biological makeup, particularly that of the brain.  But despite this fact, or perhaps because of it, we seem to be focusing our efforts on moving further away from, denying and even erasing all traces of thisContinue reading “Low and Mighty”

Feeling Relaxed, Overreacting, and Acute Solutions

11.09.17 I thought of a benefit to my DIY relaxation method that hadn’t occurred to me until yesterday.  I was using my pulley setup for the first time, which simply comprises one strap borrowed from my gymnastics rings, and a horizontal bar not much higher than my maximal reach.  A slipknot in the end ofContinue reading “Feeling Relaxed, Overreacting, and Acute Solutions”