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Ideokinesis: A Creative Approach to Human Movement and Body Alignment

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

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    A most fascinating look into the history of ideokinesis This bo

    A most fascinating look into the history of ideokinesis

    This book is a great read; accessible and very informative; and quite enjoyable.

    Andre Bernard refers back to the discovered made by Lulu Sweigard and Mabel Todd that movement performance and skeletal alignment are completely interdependent, and that improvement in the mechanical efficiency of either one automatically related to the other. (See also Human Movement Potential and The Thinking Body for the original texts)

    A favorite, favorite quote is long but so meaningful:

    "I think that most of us are here because we want to improve our movement patterns or our body patterns in general. That is certainly a legitimate goal, but I am looking at this work on a larger canvas. I see it as a metaphor for life itself, for the life process. What I mean by that is, whether we realize it or not, we are constantly re-creating ourselves. Moment by moment, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, month by month, and so on. This is usually somewhat a process of which we are unaware, but it is happening through the same devices we have been using with consciousness to make changes in the body. That is the process of thinking, intending, desire, attitude, insight - all of these tools we have been using to affect our neuromuscular system- as a goal; using them with awareness. In life these tools are being used, as I said, usually unconciously. So what I feel is that we can guide this process. I do not think we can control it, nor is it desirable to have a rigid control on it, but I think we can guide it by being aware of what we think, what we intend, what we desire, and what we do." (p.195)

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