When you start to body sense your position and motion you start to realize more and more that it is all connected. Every aspect of you is connected, in more ways than one. Effort or tension in one part of the body affects the rest of the body. Mental focus creates effort (and possibly tension) at the focus point. And what you think about, as in your emotions, also greatly affects how you feel.
We have probably all heard some variation of the following lines/lyrics:
The head bone connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone connected to the back bone,
The back bone connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone connected to the heel bone,
The heel bone connected to the toe bone …
Here is an example I am noticing more and more in my practice and work as a fitness coach:
– If the *head* is forward, the upper back and shoulders can be tense.
– If the upper back and shoulders are tense, it may be more difficult to just swing the arms and keep the shoulders still.
– If the shoulders move forward and rotate, this will promote the opposite leg reaching forward.
– When a leg reaches too far forward it can create impact and resistance to forward momentum. Usually when the leg reaches it results in a *heel* strike.
So as the lyrics go, the head bone *is* again connected to the heel bone … indirectly – but connected nonetheless. The great thing is that even subtly adjusting one element of your position or motion can positively affect the rest of the body. The hitch is that just one element can also have a negative effect on the rest of the body. The “practice” then becomes combining elements so they are all contributing to the vehicle’s forward progress.
Helping people understand how each element can affect this delicate balance in balance, not just at mile 1 but at mile 10 and at mile 1000++, is a key element of my work as a fitness coach. Sometimes an effect is not immediately felt, so a principle can provide guidance for the longer term.
It is all connected … and alignment, relaxation and balance across the whole “connected” body/mind keeps the vehicle running consistently and efficiently.
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David Stretanski is a holistic health, fitness and wellness coach – and Certified ChiRunning®/ChiWalking® Instructor. For more information on David, please see his About Me, Contact page or his website at http://www.eChiFitness.com.
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