Shapes are at the root of our biology.
From the circles of our creation, to the triangles that give us strength in posture. Shapes we make when we move. Shapes we make when we use the movement.
Geometry can be a very scientific and esoteric subject to talk about. But if we keep it simple and relevant to our task. Shapes can be applied effectively towards getting the most from your physical health.
They can provide a great mental reference when performing movement patterns. That is one of my preffered uses. It can be anything from having a client ‘drawing the lines’, to giving them reference points through movements and range of motion. Lines and shapes alter and change as we move, we are dynamic machines after all. So we cannot expect to stick rigidly to one, specifically.
A good example of movement lies in some of the activation drills I use, like the waist roll. Picking out the four points of a square, then moving through them, in a circular motion. Hitting all the target muscle connections. But using a mobile shape to ‘keep it human’ and maintain a more fluid motion. With this we have a more complete drill. Activating more than the linear and individual muscles. Everything is connected in the body, so we must always take this into consideration.
(Refer to my ‘Single Body Muscle’ blog for much more on that subject)
Shapes within shapes. Like a Spyrograph(do they still have those) We can create wonderful movement. Speed, Strength, Mobility, Stability, Power. It is all there. We are taught this at a young age, though the true meaning may be hidden at the time.
Let’s use another example. An exercise drill. The Hip Bridge. For stability we use the three points of the Triangle. From the feet, to the centre of the shoulders/base of the neck. We can use repetitions to create mobility and isometric(static) holds for strength. For stability we raise a foot, creating first an instability by changing the shape. In this case we change the type of triangle(two shoulders, to a single foot) and force the hips into circular motion, creating an uneven load in our core which we struggle against.
There is nothing original about this approach. It is natural. Rooted in our biology, as I mentioned at the start. It may not be for you. I just find that people can connect with it because it is rooted in us. Everybody understands shape as a basic reference. Even if they do not know they are doing it. I have dealt with a huge variety of clients. From the youth to senior, small to large, those with a disability to those who find themselves disabled. From athletes to the dis-interested. They all respond to shapes in varied and positive ways. I apply it in Exercise, Rehabilitation, Martial Arts and so much more.
I hope this blog can add to your learning experience. Do not give it much thought. Just let the shapes appear. You do not have to make them, they are already there. Just look at this illustation of Leonardo DaVincis ‘Vetruvian Man’ as an example.
Take care folks, Douglas.