People go to school and they graduate. Teachers teach and sometimes pupils learn. Maybe the pupil learned only part of what the teachers wanted to teach them. For example they may have learned enough maths to get by and then as life developed they get or work out what else they need to know.
You can never be sure what you teach is what they learn as that is their experience. You are not there to sort the whole of the rest of their lives. We all exist in time and the future and their future needs will solved by them and applying what skills they have.
Be careful not to end gain and want more than this:
- I feel better – yes
- I feel lighter – yes
- I am clearer in thought – yes
- I can do that better – yes
Do you see that they get out of it what they get out of it, it is everything and nothing all at once.
What is the purpose of education, in its broadest and narrowest sense be it Somatics, school or sport?
The answer is not perfomance per se, or even qualifications, it is a desire to learn. School cannot teach everything it can give you skills and set you off in a direction. In the case of sport there is usually only one winner, so what of the rest, have they wasted their time? Or is their value in playing and competiting even outside the rostrum? Is the medal the only reward or can value be had from mastery and play?
In the case of Somatics, if they are in pain, or immobile help them with that and let them be on their way, on their way to be free.
Things moving freely.
Although originally published in relation to kayaking/canoeing this post is applicable to gripping in a general sense and could be applied to many things such as:
- Writing: gripping of a pen, quality of handwriting and any pain
- Cycling: the ability to control the bike with ease and any pain in arms, shoulders or neck.
Continuing the theme of sensitivity.
Gripping hard can cause problems (see carpal tunnel) esp when flexing and extending wrist. But that aside try this experiment seated and with an empty hand. Repeat each step a couple of times. Try with dominant hand in first instance.
- Clench fist and relax.
- With hand on forearm clench fist again.
- With hand on Deltoid clench fist again
What do you notice when you clenched fist?
- Functionally the hand starts in the forearm.
- The harder you grip the tension goes up the arm and stiffens the shoulder girdle.
- This tension up the arm results in less mobility when side support is required, which can result in strained shoulder/dislocations.
- Try using the back when paddling forward and the arms for other strokes.
- Your grip does not need to be that hard, it will prevent a fluid action.
- Gripping hard will reduce your sensitivity of the paddles position in space.
- So basically relax your grip when you paddle, the correct amount of tension is “enough” and no more.
- What is useful tension and what is not useful tension.