I was just watching this video of Kumari Suraj, "the Queen of Waacking Nuevo"
It's dynamic, a combination of strength and wild hand and arm movements. Very cool!
Compare that with swing dance, lots of core strength, the middle doesn't move much. Lots of control to make those quick turns and flips.
Then look at 60's go-go dancing, even the Watusi, etc. We were letting go of things in the 60's and 70's and our bodies expressed that letting go of old restrictions, and unfortunately, core strength.
This takes me to an Aston-Kinetics concept about using a Path of Action.
There are 3 basic ways that we express through this.
The Path of Ease--that would be characterized by the go-go dance.
The Path of Effort--think Frankenstein's stiff-legged walk.
Then there is the Optimal Path of Action. This combines ease and effort in a balanced, communicative way. Watch any professional athlete or dancer and you'll see variations of this beautiful partnership.
Each path has it's uses:
If you have a chronically tight area, discover the path of ease.
If you have a chronically low functioning area, discover the path of effort.
Then learn balance by combining them into an optimal path of action.
Walking well is a great example of the balance of ease and effort. The leg that you are weight-bearing on. the standing leg, is working, it's efforting. It's holding your whole body weight. The leg that's swinging through gets to take the path of ease.
Now how are you doing?
If you're feeling pain, stiffness or less energy, you can bet there's an imbalance somewhere in some Path of Action.
Before you dance upright, you learn to walk....If you're curious about walking more easily check out this video from Judith Aston.
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I'm Valerie Lyon, the Mojo Recovery Therapist.