How do we improve movement? I think everyone has encountered some cases in which the problems in the movements just seem to come back like some sort of boomerang. How do you deal with them do you just keep on releasing the soft tissues and teaching the client motor control exercises?
The basic thing to know about movements in general is that everything has a tipping point and a balance point and that everything done at the tip of something is going to be loads harder than the ones done at the center. The statement is quite deep so what does that mean. All movements act on a certain lever system and the further away from the fulcrum the more strength is used to keep the weight at the end of the lever in that position. Movement is in a sense a constantly moving set of levels with static weights on the ends weights notably your arms and legs. Having these things constantly attached means that there is always tension on those areas and the more weight you put on the ends during movement the more strength will be needed in maintaining the position of the object in that specific space and time. This is practically the reason why problems such as tightness, strain and pain keep on returning as a sort of boomerang back to the client. The muscles ones they have been properly managed just seem to return to their previous dysfunction dues to having the same weights attached. So to manage this either you take the hands off or you try to find the points of balance in the parts. Personally I would like the second choice more since I actually like my hands and foot and would like to keep them on. Setting those aside so how to reduce the impact of the forces on the parts and reduce the effect on the usual natural forces on the joint. We should go back to basic the muscles we are told that certain movements depending on where the weight is placed changes the type of lever it is. It is practically the case for all the muscles in the movement arch as such they do not stay as the same type of lever during the entire duration of the arch of movement.
Ever seen a Tai-chi practitioner do Tai-chi? Have you ever wondered why they do it in a slow fluid motion and are practically able to do it for hours straight? The reason they do it slowly is because they try to find the areas in which the restrictions to the movement are not present or as what I have been telling you artier the balance point of all the moving objects. The steps in Tai-chi or the form is actually some of the motions in which you can train the body to achieving the point of balance of the moving and non-moving parts and the only way of doing it is by continuously practicing the movements and taking note of the minute changes in the movement as such the movement is as slow and as steady as possible so as to keep the balance of forces. It is practically like balancing a pencil in your finger and then walking around with it although doing it in the body is pretty much on a whole different level of difficulty. These things are not achieved in just a single training session or even a month it is practically a lifelong study of how to move properly and using as less force as possible. Also just for those curious enough this system is not only found in Tai-chi alone they are found in all different continents although they are named differently and are using a different methodology in achieving this.
How do you find the balance of the movements? While there are a lot of different steps so as to achieve them the common thing in all those systems is that you should first start with a basic form in which you could experiment on as a base movement it does not have to be some specific form it can be sitting down or just on all fours that basis is that you should be able to stay in that position while keeping your muscles as relaxed as possible usually by synchronizing it with your breathing so as to have a steady flow of oxygen as well as an added sense of stability. The thing is you can either do it as a static exercise or as a dynamic one as long as you can find the point in which there is no tension on all the body parts and it feels like they can stay in that position for an extend amount of time. Keeping this position then once the tension builds try to find a position in which the tension dissipates and then stay in that position while advancing that form of movement. Doing this basically and essentially is joint centering at its finest proven throughout history.
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