I have been working with numerous teachers in person and on-line and I have noticed fascia imbalance patterns and mechanics that are dysfunctional. Why? I believe that we are so busy serving others through the work of Pilates that we are literally exhausted by the time we come to our own practice. For most of us, the nature of our work is hours on our feet sometimes demonstrating movement on our dominant side which brings on imbalances. Add emotional stress alongside this dysfunction then we have a problem.
Part of the solution is understanding the fascia lines and learning how to assess your pattern or biases. Every person has a way of moving that has biases – due to injury, posture, connective tissue type (ex: hypermobile or hypertonic), repetitive postural positions (ex: standing all day teaching), emotional and spiritual challenges all affect the body. BODY MIND SPIRIT
The second element is wanting to change. Yes, you have to be willing and open to receiving feedback.
The third element is your proprioception and introception. Proprioception is how you move in space and where you are moving your body in space. Introception is the felt sense of the internal changes inside your body – example when you receive a tactile cue can you feel the fascia change the energy release or engage depending on the exercise.
What are the steps in making change?
How we change our patterns of thought and movement are explored in Peggy Hackney’s book Making Connections, Total Body Integration Through Bartenieff Fundamentals pg. 24-26
STEPS IN THE CHANGE PROCESS
- Notice what you are doing
- Accept what you are doing and how it serves you
- Know what it is you want to do, your intent.
- Clarify your intent even further:
Work from Movement Principles (breath /core distal / head tail /
upper lower / body half / cross-lateral)
Let your whole body be involved in the movement
Tune-in to your own emotional feelings as you move
Work with the space around you
- Give yourself a lot of time and many different situations in which to practice your new pattern.
- Know that change is a process
The body has different fascia holding patterns. The first step is awareness. We have to look at all areas of the body in all ranges and in motion and gait. When I teach in the studio I take breaks between classes to re-energize myself (I have written a blog about that if you are interested in keeping your vibration high), and I LOVE watching people walk into the studio. If they are hurried or relaxed, if they are moving freely or have one side that is bound.
I then ask questions to bring their AWARENESS to the body. The key is they have to discover it and be open to seeing it. Then we move on to acceptance — we can say, example: I see that pattern and I don’t need to lift my shoulders as I connect to my core strength.
Which leads into personal INTENTION – the client has to set his or her personal set of goals with FOCUS on the whole body and what is happening. One exercise may reveal a disconnect, it’s not a negative thing, it is an opportunity for growth – explore another variation, play with rhythm, weight, and space. As you start to clarify with movement shifts inside the body, and notice the place of not feeling or connecting then check in with your emotions and beliefs. The mind often holds the body back from feeling and sensing.
TIME and PRACTICE – REPATTERN is LONG GAME. I know, instant gratification is not going to happen… the reason why – LIFE habits, POSTURE, and EMOTIONS. I have had clients immediately bounce back into their protective patterns after a heated argument, feeling out of control and other incidents that pull them into negativity. Sometimes we release the feelings and old patterns to only pick them up again because it is familiar.
CHANGE like anything else takes patience, love, peace, time, and openness.
If you are interested in exploring this type of work, I have some teacher Master Classes and A Fascia Webinar coming up end of January.
Comments and questions encouraged!