The Power of How: A journal about The Alexander Technique and Movement

HOW TO STOP HURTING YOUR ELBOWS: #4 in a series on how to use your kinesthetic intelligence

The last place to include in the kinesthetic map I’m building is your lower arm bone, your ulna. It’s the exact mirror of your tibia (from a previous blog post), in the upper limb instead of the lower. It’s the more powerful bone (meaning it has bigger muscles attached to it) of your two lower arm bones. On some mammals, it sticks out alot more than it does on us. Specifically, I am imagining a spot right in the middle of it’s elbow end. You can feel it if you fold your elbow, it’s the bone that pokes out the most. It’s often mistaken for an the upper arm bone.

You can see the end of the ulna clearly in the picture above. If you fold your elbow, the spot I’m imagining would be right in the center very end of the bone. You can touch this place both when your elbow is folded and when it’s opened! It doesn’t get buried in the elbow joint.

Now your awareness has expanded to include your head, your torso, and each separate limb, with no effort, so the mind dance goes like this:

1) Imagine a spot exactly in the middle of the crown of your head

then

2) Imagine a spot at the tip of your tail bone
and enjoy the distance inside you between the two spots, as well as knowing where those spots are in space, and let them be springy and mobile in relationship to each other;

then, always in relation to the first two points,

3) Imagine a spot right in the middle of the top of your left and right tibia, or lower leg bone.
It’s fun to experience the play between one knee point and the other as you move.

Then, in relation to these first 4 points, add in your last two elbow points, completing the circle of kinesthetic awareness of self:

4) Imagine a spot right in the middle of the elbow end of your left and right ulna, or lower arm bone.

It’s fun to experience the play between one elbow point and the other as you move.

Next, we will play with the difference between combining this mind-dance with unstructured, improvised movement; and after that, we will combine it with a specific movement form.

Thanks for all your comments and feedback! I hope this helps you enjoy your moving all throughout your day, no matter where you are.

June 7th, 2017 • No Comments

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