Posts tagged posture
a fear worse than that of death

Tomorrow I'm giving a presentation to a local company about healthy feet.

I've heard that for many, fear of public speaking rates higher than a fear of death.

And, while there have been times I would have prayed for a tsunami to swallow me up on my way to a gig, I think I've made some progress to this end.

Otherwise, why the heck (I often ask myself) would I keep signing up to do this?

 

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is your mind like water .. or more like mud?

Here's a thought:

"Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax."

I'm actually not quoting Katy Bowman this time, but David Allen, from his book, "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity."

And he's not talking about the chillin' on the beach kind of relaxing, but the state of being free from unnecessary tension in themoment of engagement (which Katy actually does talk about regarding muscle and posture and movement, and stuff...)

Early on in the book, Allen refers to the state in martial arts of 'perfect readiness', or 'mind like water'. (If you've been in my qigong classes, you will be reminded here of wu chi...)

He says, throw a pebble in a pond and watch how it responds: "...totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to the calm.

It doesn't overreact or underreact."

Can you imagine living life like that?

 

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can i feel your stress?

I had a client recently ask me something along the lines of, "Can my 'magic' massage hands tell how much tension is in a person's body?"

And while I think I understood her question, I'm not sure she understood my response - which was fine, because it caused me to go a bit deeper into clarifying to myself what I was trying to say.

Yes, ten years of experience - I like to think - has given me some insight of touch into feeling what's more structural and what's more emotional (at the time of the session). Not only what is causing the tightness, but how easily (or not) a person can let go and relax into what I'm doing.

But, I usually want people to understand ...

 

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