NEW MOVES, OLD PATTERNS

by Sunday, February 7, 2016

I’m more and more interested in understand the link between emotions-movement-pattern. This is a part what I have been working on so far.

When we start doing new movements, they require us to compensate. The illusion of perfect balance and grace in the most of the cases demands the creation of muscle imbalance and attention refers to the brain mechanisms that allow us to focus on particular aspects of the sensory environment to the relative exclusion of others. We act as a ‘detector’ we detect points in the space-enviroment to balance the body, we choose some parts of our body to involve more than others, we modulate  sensory attention processing the rhythm and the speed.  Maintaining selective attention is difficult and our brain does not respond in a consistent way, muscles follow the brain. I start to think that is all about connections: we need one simple message, that comes from the brain to the muscles and we can not handle many inputs such as head+arms+legs+feet. Simple input message—> output movement. There is not art in this. The art arrives, if arrives, when the movement brings a emotion in the environment.

This is why we need to find our way to do the movement. We modify the movement in the best way our body can perform. Sometimes in class, i do a movement and I modify progressively with the class until everyone can do it and until looks esthetically and emotionally beautiful. At the list beautiful in my eyes :-).  As we dance we detect and map and out-put emotions/mq in the environment. Generate emotions trough the body movement is complex and it is a process feel genuine and look natural.

Under a ‘thoughtful’ workout the brain constantly maps and re-maps his own body  and constantly adjusts the positions and the alignment in the environment, therefore is possible to experience ‘limitations’ around us.
The playful part comes when we try to use the environment and what is in it: hang, squeeze, resist, bound, rebound. Not always we ‘act’ in a confident way, especially in the new movements. Why?

Unfortunately ‘bad habits’ are in us, part of our fabulous imperfection and limitations. Our posture constant change from teenage years:  “Hey, this position feels bad, but it looks pretty nice for me, so I’m gonna keep doing it!” or “I know that sitting at a desk and using a mouse is bad for me,
but what I can do? its my job!”. We all do.

Those thoughts are not wise. I don’t know how we can become aware about our body and then forget…But it happens. We easily  accept the limitation of our bodies on the contrary we have difficulty to handle the freedom,
free to move is scaring, because all the emotions comes out from the skin and we see ourselves as we are.

Changing long-formed habits requires clearing the compensation patterns we apply to ourselves. The challenge here is to be aware of what we are doing and reverse what is not good for us.  Why try to reverse something if I do not have pain? If you want to shape your body differently, it is safer and more productive to perform compensations starting from a more neutral state than from a position with muscle imbalances and dysfunction. Reversing postural dysfunction and movement compensation patterns happens, if you understand and you are motivated to do it,  just add a few specific exercises to your routine warm-up/cool-down, and embracing a balanced full-body training program. Dance helps with memory and repetitive moves calling the brain executive functions include the abilities to inhibit unwanted responses of the body, to plan ahead a sequence of mental steps or actions, and use and changing information for brief periods using the working memory. Like attention, executive function abilities provide a critical platform for the acquisition of domain-specific knowledge and skills in an discipline…

to be continued

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