Using the Power of an Image to Find Better Movement

Using the Power of an Image to Find Better Movement

We can be very clever at learning something new, if we kind of “stay out of the way” with our sometimes over-analytical brains, and instead let our smart bodies “just do it”.

That’s what happens any time you start to mirror something you just saw. Your body someone takes that in, and starts to do things with it.

For example, when I see someone do a simple salsa step – but they somehow look GREAT doing it – I feel myself mirroring what it is they are doing… trying to get the FEEL of how they were moving.  And often my body can figure it out much better than my brain can 🙂

That is a very powerful way to learn something.

The cool thing is, pretty well all of us did this as babies, as one of our main ways of learning things from those around us.  And also cool – you can still do this now.

It may be from something you see – like from watching someone who moves particularly well.

It can also be from something you imagine – an image, a concept, an idea – and you search for the SENSATION of it.  That’s what I use as my example in this video.

Have you watched a figure skater “practicing” their routine back stage just before going on the ice, doing little tiny steps and little hand movements?  They are doing this kind of sensing – while rehearsing their routine though imagining it.

Our brain and body works well – and learns well, like this.

In this video, I talk about one example of this that I personally have been using – in my case, to help my neck feel stronger and more supported (by the ground!).

Check this out – and then check out something that YOU are interested in, for you.  Let your body figure out HOW do to it – simply develop a really clear sense of WHAT you are aiming for.

Maybe you will find yourself doing a most amazing salsa step!  Or jumping in a way you didn’t know you could.  Or…. oh, so many things!!!  What intrigues YOU???

Happy exploring 🙂


About the Author:

Violet van Hees is a movement freedom specialist who works with people (and with horses) to release tightness and pain, and to transform body "stuckness" into something that you can work with. We then use what emerges to create new freedom and ease in your movement and in what you do, in ways that feel safe and reasonable - and that work - for you. Violet is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders. She works with a deep interest in and understanding of biomechanics, neuroplasticity, body response to trauma, energy work, and how we learn.

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