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Basic Stuff: Body Mechanics & Posture

Are incorrect / bad posture habits blocking your power?

A serious training mistake that affects many Internal Martial Artists:

Proper Posture and Internal Medicine

Goldthwait, a Harvard physician, observed that the way many of his patients held and moved their bodies was the root cause of some
of the diseases they suffered. In a paper published in 1934, Goldthwait shared these observations, stating that patients who habitually held their heads in a “bent” way had “stretching” and “kinking” of the cerebral arteries and veins.Similarly, Goldthwait observed that patients with cardiac problems had habitually poor chest posture. 

He presented his theory on health and posture in a 1911 article: 

 

The way we hold and move our bodies in our daily activities is more important than most people realize. It is desirable that we are able to stand erect and to have the parts of the body balanced so that easy and graceful movements occur. These ideas about how we stand and move are
important for full health and economic efficiency of the body. The most economical way to use the body is with proper poise. This allows more energy to be available for whatever task is required. Any time structure departs from the balanced state, energy is wasted, and efficiency reduced. An imbalance can cause one part of the body to be strained
more than another, but no one part can be
strained
without affecting the whole body.

 

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Advanced Stuff: Body Rhythm

Increase efficiency, speed, and overall power.

Are your operating at full potential?  Most people aren’t. Unlock your full potential when you synchronize your bio-rhythms 

 1 Training your bio-rhythms to become harmonious (entrained/ coherent) is a game changer. No joke.  It may be single greatest secret weapon that will help you and your students discover new and high level of  power and performance.  It is the true secret of effortless power that many of us have searched for.  Other shortcuts are equally impressive.

2. For example, correctly practiced, Taoist breathing arts trigger internal massage waves within the body. Directed by the mind through intent, those internal massage waves spread, as directed, to heal the body and tap dormant power.

3. Tensegrity is another important area. That practice involves learning to stand and move in new, more body-connected way.

4. Once identified, addressing lazy body habits can be corrected.

5. For most of us, most of the time, the way you (mostly unconsciously) hold and move your body has profound implications for what you can accomplish.  For example, changing the way a person holds his head in relation to the neck can drastically improve reaction time.

But, that is only the beginning.  That one example separates the master meditator, qigong practitioner, and top athlete from the average practitioner.