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Holding vs Placing

There is possible alternative word for “posture”. That is “placing”, and it means “place the body like an object (a relatively slender object)”. This is the word I use for carrying out an advantageous condition of supporting the body. Actually this is a key technique for my AT lesson. Many people are holding their body…

The pelvis and the hip joint : another primary control?

I keep studying about the pelvis and the hip joint. I like to introduce my version of its explanation from mainly kinesiological point of view. The pelvis angle affects the head/neck relationship. This means that we won’t accomplish the best practice of the primary control if we leave the disadvantageous pelvis angle. One reason is…

To be “Zone”

I read Roy Palmer’s book “Zone mind, zone body” some years ago, and I remember that it is nice book with description of many examples.  I guess that “psycho-physical unity” in the AT sense is description of characteristics of what we are, and “zone” is a partcular state of mind which has poise even when…

Independence of body from mind

I like to argue that independence of body from mind is not so bad.   It is good to remind body and mind have strong connection by saying “psycho-physical unity”. But, I think it is not practical enough. What’s wrong with thinking like: our mind and body give strong influence each other, but we can…

Attention to the neck causes it to tighten up

There is a question “If I have tension in my shoulder or hips, I can bring attention them and release them. But, with my neck, the opposite occurs. Bringing attention to my neck causes it to tighten up.” The following is my answer. How about, not paying attention directly to the neck, but shifting attention…

Move air – intention of breathing

It probably won’t work well to try to move the diaphragm for breathing. I mean that a person will feel uneasy to breath with this way. The diaphragm is a muscle. It is disadvantageous way to try to move or use muscles. We tend to give excess muscle contraction than needed with this intention. We…

Effort-full activity – muscle isn’t the only source of the force

The question is “how our perception of effort influences our use in activities that are “effort-full” and require some exertion?” I think that our perception of effort in activities that require some exertion tends to make us focus on using ‘muscle contraction’ (muscle force). We unknowingly or intentionally tend to have the idea like “muscle…

Comparative study of our movement: difference between astronauts and us

Comparing us on the ground with astronauts in space will definitely helps us to know what we actually do on the ground and what we had better do here on the earth. We will know characteristics of our environment more and well if we know different environment. Major difference between us on the ground and…

Advantageous Way of Attention – External or Internal?

There is a way of attention in movement called “external focus”. This idea of “external focus” comes from Gabriele Wulf (Ph D). I have read her book “Attention and Motor Skill Learning” (the translated version). This idea comes from her hypothesis that we will deteriorate our performance (movement quality) if we pay attention to our…

Over-doing of the direction “up”

Any direction may cause “over-doing”. So, people need to have lessons. However, probability or likelihood to make an ideal state happen will be different by directions.  We are more likely to be in an ideal state if we have a clearer goal (or objectivity). In other words, we had better give instruction as specific as…