Thinking About Movement: Addressing Risk

Sometimes, when we want to do some movement that feels risky, our bodies (meaning our brains) won’t necessarily let us. Muscles tighten, and movement becomes more restricted. Even if we want to length those muscles, we can’t. How and why does this happen? What can we do? For context, I want to mention a few things: Movement is unpredictable. With every signal there is noise. What we want to do is never exactly what happens. The potential of error or accident is always there, but to varying degrees and can be mitigated. Some ways of doing things will have more consistent Read More

Thinking About Movement: The Path of Movement through Time

Often when thinking about movement we remove the element of time. I don’t just mean time in the sense of your life history, although that is a significant factor, but the immediate history between one movement and the next. We imagine that when you get to a position you are there, and that the movements that brought you to that position are finished. This way of visualizing movement ignores certain aspects of movement that are important. When you  come to a position you engage muscles in some sequence. Likely, when you reach the position where you stop, you don’t let Read More

Thinking about Movement: Flexibility & Mobility

“I want to be more flexible.” If you have a limited range of motion, meaning your movements are not as big as you want them to be, it may seem to follow that you are not flexible. It may be true, but it’s not the only explanation. Flexibility is a property of muscle tissue – the ability for the muscle to elongate when relaxed. But it is not the only factor that reduces range of motion, and the other relevant factors can be addressed more easily than flexibility. Say you are lying on your back and then you try to hug Read More

Thinking About Movement: Support your weight with your bones

I have been asked by several people if I have written down any of the ideas I have that have come up in FI lessons, and up to this point I haven’t really. I am starting here with a series of posts focused on ideas that I have applied with many people that are places to begin when wanting to develop one’s own understanding of how human movement works. I should say that I am not making any scientific or medical claims here, only logical deductions based on my experience and observations. Much of this comes from my dance training Read More