At 65, Nilly wanted to do things correctly and safely. That was exemplified
by the fact that she already moved into a home for the elderly while still pursuing an active lifestyle – hiking with friends, traveling etc. In the beautiful castle near Lake of Constance where we gathered for this summer workshop quite some years ago, she reported to our group how shocked she was when she moved into her new home and saw the omnipresent frailty of her co-habitants and their inability to move with ease.
The reason why she came to the course were her hip “problems”. She felt an indefinable pain in her hip region, where the doctors and even the orthopedic specialist couldn’t find anything that could account for that pain. Her niece who knew me and was familiar with my work, recommended her to join my Summer Workshop.
So there she was. This interaction with her still stands out in my mind as if it were yesterday—
we were meeting in a group setting and it was Nilly’s turn to choose an activity she wanted to perform. She chose walking as her activity and I asked her to show us how she walks. There were a couple of striking things that came to my attention, one of them was her way of walking which struck me as quite heavy.
I spent some time working with her and then had her walk again. After that, as she walked down the hallway, I asked her whether it felt “same or different”. She reported: “Quite different“. The other participants added that her walk changed noticeably as well. To me her walk looked closer to a more natural and fluid movement. Nilly reported that “it felt much lighter and it was easier” for her to walk… and then she added, “but I cannot walk this way!!!“
We all were puzzled about this response since she literally had just walked down the hallway in a new way all by herself plus having been witnessed by the group and she instantly rejected her experience.
“How do you mean, Nilly?” „Urh…because …urh, my walking would then look like that of a teenager… my behavior would stand out and people would give me ‘funny looks’! What will they think?!?“
Nilly, like many of the younger clients I work with, suffered from a universal delusion, that because we believe certain things about ourselves with which we create the “one and only true reality” when actually we are acting out our preconceived idea(s), that the world around us does not share. Nilly’s walk actually did look great and her reading into other people’s minds would be worth testing it out with these people themselves: to the contrary they actually liked the way she was walking down the hallway…
Trusting to move forward, one step at a time will get you out of the imprisonment of a self imposed box and that will result in better health. This will improve your vitality, empower you to shape your world and uplift others.
And we want to have a positive impact on the world, don’t we? Besides… having fun in movement means, you are already on your way to having more energy.
The process I teach at Motion Mastery™ is a coaching to help you master your own way of moving. “Quality of movement becomes a deliberate choice”. This is where the beauty lies.
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I hope to see you soon, perhaps even in person! Your comments below are welcome. Thank you for staying curious in this invigorating journey!
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The next one coming up on Thursday 3 July 2014
Now you’ve come across Motion Mastery
™ and it looks like this work is different. As you have read the testimonials here, you see people being enthusiastic about it. And you’re asking me «Hey, why should Motion Mastery be any different?»
Phew…, that’s a fair question and you are not the only one who comes asking. It seems a question that bugs not only you, but in one way or the other most if not all of our students when our roads cross.
Not for everyone, but …
I want to be straight forward with you and simply admit: I have met people for whom Motion Mastery™ was not a good match. The testimonials that you have seen here have been written by people who really dug in with their search for a solution to their movement and tension related issues.
For instance, if you take Katie‘s statement, she had been looking for solutions all over the place, for seven years prior to coming across Motion Mastery™ and had practically given up when we met. And then we both were very lucky – she in the way she describes it here, and me in the way that she was intensely listening, even craving for what I had to say and show, yup.
Trust your experience
There was an intense listening, and there was her openness, which is so necessary for Motion Mastery™ to create the impact it really can have. This has been true for all of the people experiencing success in changing habits and for whom Motion Mastery™ have had the privilege to become their chosen catalyst of change.
At the same time you don’t have to believe anything before you ever meet me (and neither afterwards). But I need to be upfront about this point of openness:
You don’t have to believe anything, you don’t have to put away with your scepticism, but please follow along with and trust your own experience. Without your openness this work cannot “hit home“.
For instance: When I worked with Claire for the first time, she couldn’t tell if there was any difference at all between before and after we worked. Only a fortnight later (!), she realized that she hadn’t had any tension in the back of her neck at all !!! She was open enough to register and ask «hey, wait a second… what’s going on here with me now?» The tension she used to feel in the back of her neck and shoulders was quite painful, and only by having massages by professionals she got relief, though not sustainably — time and again she had to go back to massage.
Please, let us know your ideas below. I’ld appreciate hearing your voice!
I know we have only a short time together here but the great news is: I run a business – Motion Mastery™ – specifically to help more in-depth with changing habits, having fun and improving coordination. You’ll find me here, in the Barbican area, and in Zurich. So if you are fed up of being stuck all the time with the same problem and came across Motion Mastery™ — it is worth giving it a go. If you want more, even though I can’t promise success the very first session around – but give me some five sessions and we are talking…
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Thanks for being curious! I hope to see you some time soon, maybe even in person!
I’ll be back — every fortnight with a new blog post.