Habits, Depression and The Importance of DIY

18.04.18 What is depression or a depressive episode?  I am starting to believe that the illness and the symptoms are often conflated, and that having such a perspective either leads to acute treatments such as electro shock “therapy”, or prescription drugs that are targeted at changing some fundamental problem with the brain and its chemistry,Continue reading “Habits, Depression and The Importance of DIY”

Implicit Motor Learning – External Focus

Implicit Motor Learning for Sports, Dance, Martial Arts and other Movement Practices For an introduction to implicit motor learning see the following lecture by Professor Rich Masters of the University of Waikato. Implicit motor learning is when we acquire new skills but are unable to create explicit, verbal descriptions, instructions or rules about the movementsContinue reading “Implicit Motor Learning – External Focus”

Reverse Capoeira

  “There’s more to fishing than catching fish” In the documentary A Passion for Angling this sentiment, or philosophy rather, is made eloquently clear through the tales and adventures of two old friends and fishing partners, Bob James and Chris Yates.  It’s almost as if the actual act of catching a fish is merely aContinue reading “Reverse Capoeira”

Study

  14.11.17 Study means to examine closely. Therefore to study from a book is an oxymoron because the words are simply not the thing. The study should reveal more about the book and the recording and presentation process than about the subject itself . Studying from a book is really the study of the subjectContinue reading “Study”

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”

Fast Food

01.10.17 I officially began a 7-day fast yesterday, although I had eaten very little the day before, and didn’t at all consume an evening meal.  I had experimented with fasting as a child, but no longer than a day at a time, and if I remember correctly my fasting periods were often during school hours. Continue reading “Fast Food”

Mindlessness

26.09.17 [This text uses the metaphors of “left-brained” and “right-brained” to refer to two different ways of thinking, which could be summarised as “the intellect” and “instinct”.  In reality there is no clear separation between personality types as we all express both sides to some degree, but more importantly there is no physical left/right brainContinue reading “Mindlessness”

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”