i09 has a great primer on proprioception, the sixth sense that we use to sense our own bodies.
It includes the history and origins of proprioception, as well as more links to various studies than I’ve had time to click on.
Money Quite: Nature‘s Allison Abbot says (about proprioception): “Without it, our brains are lost.”
Find it all here.
It’s been long said that creative projects can be like children, so I rather imagine that a bringing a research project to term, from conception to publication, might be similar.
Gerry’s research is very important. But I will let him explain it to you in detail.
Max Strom writes:
“Imagine this: You are on vacation, resting languidly on a hammock between two palm trees on a gorgeous island in the South Pacific. The weather is perfect. Everything is perfect, peaceful, relaxing, and nourishing to the soul. On one side of you is a cozy grass hut, and on the other side is calm turquoise water of unspeakable beauty. It is easy to imagine that in these ideal and natural circumstances you would feel absolutely wonderful. To feel a deep sense of gratitude for what you have would not be challenging here.
“But now, imagine this: While you are resting here on your island paradise, you are thinking about your problems back home-the same ones you dwell on every day. Now, there you are in paradise, with a sour expression and hard breath, your mind churning as your jaw tightens, and your paradise transforms energetically to your own private hell-realm.
“The moral of this story is that when we lose our gratitude, we lose everything. It doesn’t matter where you are if you do not feel gratitude; you may as well be back at your office. When you are feeling negative, it doesn’t matter if you are in paradise; and if you are feeling gratitude, it doesn’t matter if you are in difficult circumstances. Remember: Gratitude is accessible at any time, in any place; it is a choice to feel it or not.”
“When you stretch, you open up space. This is physically true, and emotionally true. When you physically stretch (or allow yourself to be stretched) you create space and allow for greater movement, greater vulnerability and more growth. It’s the same when you stretch yourself emotionally, too. Your physical and emotional selves aren’t separate––stretch one, and you usually stretch the other, too. It isn’t always comfortable at first, but it’s a wonderful thing.”
“Your weight is the least interesting thing about you. I promise.”
Required reading for anyone who touches people for a living, regardless of your modality.
Eric Peper teaches a holistic health class at San Francisco State University and, glory Hallejuah!, goes on record to say that “The mind/body relationship is one that runs both ways.”, or as Tom Myers likes to say: “Change your body about your mind.”
Even our nomenclature, the “mind/body” connection, reveals our bias towards the primacy of mind. But hey! the neocortex is the new kid on the block, so tends to get more attention. I understand that. But we need to stop thinking that we can think our way out of everything, sometimes we just need to exercise, and sit up straight (neutral pelvis people!), and move our way out of things.
And while we’re at it – skip more too! I prescribe skipping as homework, as much for adductor issues as a mood elevator and now I’ve got research to back me up on that one too.
Just some food for thought as we approach Thanksgiving!
50 years ago today, two very interesting things happened.
First, the President of the United States was assassinated. My mother held her tummy and cried and wondered into what kind of a world would her child be born. They say that the stress of the mother gets translated to the child. I can tell you that’s true. My memories of JFK’s assassination are more vivid than my memories of man landing on the moon. I was the one in the womb on November 23rd, 1963.
But another memorable thing happened that day, in some ways a polar opposite and strange complement to the events in Dallas. A new TV show debuted on the BBC. A show about a mysterious traveler in time and space know only as “The Doctor” who was described as “a cross between C. S. Lewis, H.G. Wells, and Father Christmas”.
And we’re still talking about it 50 years later too.
In the wake of the events in Dallas the debut of Doctor Who was largely missed. So it was repeated, and the show quickly became a cultural force, beloved by children and adults throughout the UK. It was a quirky show for sure, but it had humor and heart. When I found the show on PBS as a young adolescent something about the character of the Doctor (then being played by the irrepressible Tom Baker) spoke to me. And spoke to me in the way of all great mythological characters.
So I faithfully followed the Doctor’s adventures. When I was 19 I wrote a pilot script for a TV show that was really about an Americanized version of the Doctor as the lead character. Now, my character was referred to as “The Captain” but I mean, how obvious can you get? I gave him a scarred past and a spaceship but no time travel. I still love that script, pastiche that it is.
I did manage to actually have it read by the then current producer of Doctor Who, John Nathan-Turner who wrote me the sweetest rejection letter I have ever received. He found my script “highly amusing” but “unsuitable” for the BBC. I still remember the thrill that afternoon at the TV station where I worked when I heard: “David, BBC, Line 1″ over the intercom. He was calling me personally to talk about it and verify my address. Class act, that man.
Curiously enough, in my script I had a female lead named “Gerri”. About a year after my rejection John Nathan-Turner gave the Doctor a new companion (he rarely travels alone), an American companion (a first) and her name was Peri !
The show went off the air for almost 20 years but returned in 2005, as folks my age who grew up with it wanted their crack at it. It has become a worldwide phenomenon. As much a modern day fairy tale as a turn-of-the-(previous)-century “Thrilling Adventure Story”, damn good television and an ethos with a big, big heart. Maybe that’s because the Doctor has two (hearts that is).
It’s a show with an unshakeable faith in humanity (as evinced in the above clip), and as such it remains a lighthouse in our jaded times.
It’s a show, as Craig Ferguson said, about the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.
And I unabashedly love it!
Happy Birthday, Doctor.
Rod Dreher finished up Dante’s Inferno the other night and was moved to write: ” I stayed up late last night to finish Dante’s Purgatorio, and what a moving finish it was. The poet completed his ascent of the Mount of Purgatory, where Beatrice awaited him in the Garden of Eden in the climactic scenes. I was not prepared for how emotional I became… Dante saw the light of God in Beatrice, but by his own weakness, lost that vision, and fell into darkness and despair. We learn here that it took many tears and prayers of Beatrice in heaven, as well as the devotion of Virgil, to get Dante to the top of that mountain. As he told the shades in Purgatory, ‘I climb from here no longer to be blind.’
“I am thinking of the incident in the Gospel of John, Chapter 5, in which Jesus approaches the chronically ill man at the Bethesda pool. He asks the man, “Do you want to be healed?” It’s a strange thing to ask; of course the man wants to be healed, right? But on second thought, it is by no means clear that we really want to be healed. Many of us think we want to be healed of our afflictions — I’m speaking in the spiritual sense here — but the truth is, we have made icons of our passions, and even our brokenness, and are frightened by the prospect of life without them.
“The sicker we are, the stronger the medicine to restore us must be.”
Tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan and The Dish
Practitioners of structural integration know that every session is a blend of both short-term, immediately noticeable gains as well as setting into motion a process of longer term gains. That makes it a “both/and” in my book (as opposed to “either/or”). I think it’s pretty unique in terms of providing both instant and delayed gratification.
The more I think about it though, the more I think all good mind/body medicine is a combination of the two.
But what if creating sustainable change is not just about willpower but also our perception of time?
Writes Maria Konnakova: “When we set a self-control goal for ourselves, we often have specific time frames in mind: I’ll lose a pound a week; a month from now, I’ll no longer get cravings for that cigarette; the bus or train will come in 10 minutes (and I’ve committed to taking public transportation as part of lessening my carbon footprint, thank you very much).
“But what happens if our initial estimate is off? The more time passes without the expected reward — it’s been 20 minutes and still nothing; I’ve been dieting for a week and a half now and still weigh the same — the more uncertain the end becomes. Will I ever get my reward? Ever lose weight? Ever get on that stupid train?”
Joseph Kable, researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s decision neuroscience lab, adds: “There are lots of situations, probably the majority of situations, in the real world, where waiting longer is actually a valid cue that the reward is getting further and further away.”
So if the future is uncertain, eat the cookie now? Exactly.
“In a study published earlier this year, they began by asking participants to estimate how much longer they had to wait for a more desirable future reward — a chocolate chip cookie or a candy bar, depending on their preference. Over and over, they found the same thing: The longer the wait time — anywhere from 2 to 130 minutes — the longer they thought they’d have to keep on waiting.
“The basic idea,” Mr. McGuire said, “is that while a decision maker is waiting, he is constantly re-evaluating the thing he’s waiting for. You’re waiting for the same reward, but your assessment of it changes as a function of the passage of time.”
Gratify your curiosity and read all about it here
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Brooke Thomas posts an excellent piece on fascia at breakingmuscle.com. She nails the hydration issue, explaining it perfectly: “Our mobility, integrity, and resilience are determined in large part by how well hydrated our fascia is. In fact, what we call “stretching a muscle” is actually the fibers of the connective tissue (collagen) gliding along one another on the mucous-y proteins called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs for short). GAGs, depending on their chemistry, can glue layers together when water is absent, or allow them to skate and slide on one another when hydrated.1,2 This is one of the reasons most injuries are fascial. If we get “dried out” we are more brittle and are at much greater risk for erosion, a tear, or a rupture.
“ Staying hydrated via drinking continues to be important, but if you have dehydrated fascia it’s more like you have these little kinks in your “hoses” (microvacuoles), and so all that water you drink can’t actually reach the dehydrated tissue and gets urinated away, never having reached the crispy tissue. To be able to get the fluid to all of your important nooks and crannies you need to first get better irrigated(via the microvacuoles.3 And to do that, you’ve got to get work on your soft tissue to untangle those gluey bits.
“Seeing a body worker who specializes in any form of myofascial work (Rolfing or other forms of Structural Integration and ART tend to be faves) will do the trick, but you can also work on this at home with the array of self-care tools for working your own fascia.”
This is one of the best mainstream articles on fascia out there. Thanks Brooke! Great work.
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Tip of the hat, Phil Earnhardt!
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