Thursday, November 8, 2012

10/27/2012: Soft and flexible - Maria Hansen

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.

~Lao Tzu

Chad welcomes returning guest Maria Hansen in a discussion of posture, flexibility, and the C.H.E.K. method.

Imbalances in life are paralleled by imbalances in dance. Posture, the source of balance, results from bone alignment and from the strength and flexibility of our muscles. This in turn influences the fine and gross motor skills that influence our movement. Misalignment of bones can lead to short, weak muscles and created tension.  When bones are properly aligned, tension is relieved and movement becomes fluid and powerful - critical for all movement systems, and especially so in dance.  

The C.H.E.K. method, created by Paul Check, assesses the the body's functionality through the ability of joints and muscles to bend and balance the body. Weak areas can then be targeted by a customized fitness regimen.  A body that is able to move smoothly and softly, yet with strength and energy, can demonstrate beautiful artistry and project confidence both on and off the dance floor.

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