Thursday, November 12, 2009
The way our spine is curved would indicate a natural movement that yields itself to all kinds of motion. We can bend, rotate twist and curve. Our hips can tip, rotate and rock, but I think that being out of practice with moving naturally will cause a girl to stiffen up a bit, forget those natural moves and even call for the oil can on certain days.
I was never a serious dancer, not very flexible, I wasn't a gymnast but did plenty of moving. In the my past I have ran, skated, pumped, trained, lifted and sculpted my way to a nice level of fitness. I discovered this week that along the way, the natural movements of my body got more than a little rusty!
Stretching this week showed me where I am tight and not limber, even with all I do. Moving in a core conditioning class reminds me that my spine, body and core are made to move more than in just a forward motion or bracing for a block or check. In a group fitness class, I found my hips trying to move, but my mind unable to loosen up and let them. It was as if the strength and sport I had been focusing on found natural, fluid movement out of practice, out of mind.
Did I think that fluid movement, stretching and loose limbs made for girly workouts? That speed runs, derby hits and clean & press were where true strength was?
What is fluidity but strength and power?
Think of water: it cuts through rock and carves canyons, it seeks it's own level and absorbs anything in it's way, it dominates with whitecaps & waves. The placid lake and the fluid stream are strength at rest. Water only needs to be loosed to meet it's potential and I am going to be like that: finding strength in the fluid movements, power in the placid moments of my body's natural state, one vertebrae at a time.