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Dana Sheets wrote:And I reserve the right to be very wrong since I've never seen you move and I have no idea what your teaching is asking you to focus on at this time.
Unfortunately, I find incorporating ALL the articulated ideals rather like trying to force in a jigsaw puzzle piece that doesn't quite fit.
Trying to keep one foot firmly planted at all times and not "disconnect" the hip movement from the initial step is rather a challenge. Perhaps part of my difficulty has to do with my limited ankle mobility.
I don't really want to be in the position after the first step, where momentarily both feet are properly positioned to be front feet in opposite directions. As I only angle my front foot slightly in Sanchin.
The resulting position as a "stance" would be unstable, so it must occur only "dynamically", as my hips are carrying out the turn. That's fine, but there doesn't seem to be much tolerance for timing the foot and hip movments. My best effort so far has resulted in a little bit of pivoting of the rear foot before the front foot is fully set. I am thinking that I cannot get this right (in the sense as described here) by linking my hip movement either to the movement of the front foot or the rear. It must interpolate the two, but that seems rather sequential, not simultaneous, as Bill was discussing.
Am I missing something?
Bill Glasheen wrote:The standard angle as found in Kanei Uechi's kyohon is 30 degrees. It works. The standard angle w/o a protractor is a pivot equivalent to the width of your foot. That ends up being... about 30 degrees.
What the Wide Stance Plie Does:-
- Encourages the knees to move forward over the toes rather than to the inside of the toes.
- Teaches the Gluteus maximus to become a more willing participant during movement with an upright torso.
We live in a "weak kneed" society. The Gluteus maximus in modern man is a lazy muscle and engages too slowly(1,4). It engages even more slowly as a result of back pain or ankle injury(5,6). The result is that the knees tend to "look inward" and "knock into" each other. This is what physiotherapist Shirley Sahrmann labels "Hip adduction with Medial Rotation" syndrome. Also, the Tensor fascia lata and Gluteus minimus both tend to be short, and thus prone to Trigger Points, "Iliotiotibial Band Syndrome" and "Trochenteric Bursitis". The wide stance plie will tend to prevent these conditions (further info...Triggerpoint Therapy Workbook).
1. Shirley A Sahrman: "Movement Impairment Syndromes" Publ. Mosby, 2002 ISBN 0-8016-7205-8
2. For introductory ballet exercises, see: http://www.artofballet.com/class2.html
3. Judith Leibowitz and Bill Connington: "The Alexander Technique: The World Famous Method for Enhancing Posture, Stamina, Health and Well-being, and For Relieving Tension and Pain". Harper and Row (New York), August 1990.
4. Bruce Thomson: Engage Gluteus maximus!
5. Bullock-Saxton JE; Janda V; Bullock MI: Reflex Activation of Gluteal Muscles in Walking. An Approach to Restoration of Muscle Function for Patients with Low-back Pain. [Spine 1993; 18 (6) May: 704–708]
6. Bullock-Saxton JE; Janda V; Bullock MI: The Influence of Ankle Sprain Injury on Muscle Activation During Hip Extension [Int J Sports Med 1994; 15 (6) Aug: 330–334]
mhosea wrote:I don't really want to be in the position after the first step, where momentarily both feet are properly positioned to be front feet in opposite directions.
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