So I’ve been coaching some folks for awhile now, watching them go thru the usual phases of thinking with their hands, wondering what the next move is etc. etc. blah blah.
One day when I was tuning them out, I was struck by how big their motions were, what large angles they were taking. Everything had a rushed hurried vague quality to it. There was a lack of grace to their unconcious movements.
This ain’t their fault, it’s mine, sorta. They work on what I coach them to do, so they’re off the hook (for now). Even though I thought I had been stripping things to their essence, I missed a step.
Every sport/exercise/dance is an exploration of motion with your body. But your internal perception of your body is only as accurate as it’s needed to be. So picking something up is easy even half asleep. Playing the piano well requires a more vivid and precise internal diagram of the hand and fingers to do their magic.
So getting caught up in teaching them mechanics of movement, they still don’t have a crystal clear picture of exactly where they end and the outside world begins. Their edges are not sharply defined to themselves.
So stepping angles are large and uncertain. Was that far enough? Did I block them early enough at arm’s reach?
The sharper the picture becomes, the smaller motions are needed to get the desired result. Right now their internal picture is of someone 3 times their size. So they react accordingly. But trying to do a large person motion in a smaller person’s body is….welll…..ugly.
So NOW, I have to figure out how to help them protect/defend their ACTUAL bodies, not the 2 feet of air surrounding them.
Gives a new spin on what it means to feel good in your own skin. Do you even know where you skin is?