Can you expand a bit on why the directions are a bit different than what is included in the full Intu-Flow® program?
Some movements, such as elbow rotations, lend themselves quite well to the "tension to extension" aspect and just sort of naturally fall into place. On other movements, such as spinal rotations, there doesn't seem to be a natural fit for the mantra. It has admittedly been a little while since I have watched the intermediate IF vid, but, for example, I don't recall instructions on tensing glutes in the spinal rotations.
Should I be incorporating all of these little tidbits into the standard IF practice?
Chris Hobbs, CST
Coach (or anyone),
Further to Chris's questions, is this something of a paradigm shift in your approach to mobility work?
I recall back in the WW days the mantra was "what can I relax to ease through the movement" and in the Intu Flow era we were advised to move through the joint's range of motion without causing any additional fatigue or tension, and to limit the number of reps so as not to cause fatigue.
I have always approached my mobility work with the objective of releasing tension where I can, and never adding more tension. The tacfit mobility session feels like more of a "workout", and in fact we are encouraged to "pre-fatigue" the muscles to burn off tonus.
In any event, it rocks. I'm digging all the materials coming from RMAX these days, from all the coaches. Cutting edge stuff, light years ahead of the rest of the industry.
Should we be trying to integrate these next-gen aspects into our existing IF practice?
I suppose I sort of have my answer since the only areas where I have gotten decent progress with my IF practice have been those where I am pushing the tension quite a bit ... was just always worried I was doing more harm than good and adding more tension on top of my already tense/dense system though.
Chris Hobbs, CST
I found myself wondering how "tight is light" (with respect to pushups) integrated with selective tension. Is that another example of further development of CST, or did I miss something along the way?
Thanks, Scott. I misunderstood some applications of the concept of selective tension--I assumed that it meant the least tension necessary to get the job done, which suggested to me that you stay as relaxed as possible while maintaining good alignment whatever the exercise. I suppose that's the tai chi training coming out. Thanks for the clarification.
Tai Chi - as generally taught - is not gross motor. However the ICMA that I've been exposed to included developmental drills which were gross motor, and as a result did include the above recommendations. Most Tai Chi that I've seen in the States is "direct to sophistication" sink or swim without incremental sophistication.
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