We see someone walking and we just know — that’s Mary! How do we know? Maybe it’s the fluidity and gracefulness of her movement. Or the particular way her head moves, how the arms swing, or the fact that the arms barely move at all! Like walking itself, recognizing another person’s walk is not usually a conscious process. But we can use conscious attention to improve our own walking comfort and enjoyment. An easy place to start is with the shoulders. Perhaps you’ve experienced the difference in walking while holding your shoulders and arms very still compared with allowing your shoulders and arms to move. Most of us notice we take smaller steps when our shoulders and arms aren’t involved
In Trouble? Twenty Questions to Explore
OUCH! My shoulder hurts! What did a do? Did a sleep on it wrong?
When your usual go-to movement solutions don’t work consider asking yourself some questions. Take some time to explore – slowly, within your comfort range, breathing easily. See what you discover about the situation and your approach to such difficulties. With a little practice, you’ll be able to find relief and will probably move a bit easier in the process.
Attention: Key to Improved Movement
Sometimes people think that kinesthetic ability is something you either have or you don’t. That capacity to sense where we are in space, how parts of ourselves relate to each other and how we relate to our environment when stationary or when moving can be learned and improved. If you find yourself bumping into things, feel uncoordinated or just out of touch with yourself, check out these suggestions for improving your ability to notice things – and to change your movement habits and attitude in the process.