part one, I put forward the idea to you that a change of your resting
pelvic position can act like a gear change in a car, instantly giving
you more access to more of your strength and power.
In today's part, I will give you a very simple way to begin to learn to have access to your higher gears.
Notice I said “learn”. Shifting gears in a car is a finite process – one second you're in first gear, the next with a flick of you're wrist, you are in second. Shifting gears in people happens on a continuum. There is no gear stick you can flick to instantly go from sub-optimal pelvic position to optimal. Instead, we go to a more optimal position.
With a car, we switch gears and stay in the new gear until we choose to change again. With humans, it isn't so straightforward. We are creatures of habit who tend to our habits for good reason. Habits – regular patterns of behaviour enacted consistently in response to an environmental cue – save us lots of energy and time. Imagine if every time we did anything we had to consciously choose what to do and how to do it. Life would go at a much slower pace. These almost automated responses we produce are a blessing in this respect and a curse in another. When we act automatically, we often filter out lots of sensory information that would enable an even better action given the current environmental demand. This means that habits that once served us will tend to stay with us unless we
find a better way to act given the same environmental cues and
make the better way of acting feel more comfortable than the habitual, inferior way
With regard to pelvis position, this means we can change your pelvic position to one that makes you more powerful and it will feel odd because you are used to your habitual position. Better feels bizarre. Until it is done so often that it doesn't.
A better resting pelvic position brings with it better positions of the head, neck, spine, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and feet. You will be a stronger you. And a bizarre-feeling you all over.
To accommodate for this odd feeling I recommend the two Gear Changers I will suggest be done
As often as possible, to facilitate a feeling of familiarity and to keep moving along the ideal continuum.
Gently and slowly. Any attempt to aggressively and suddenly change the resting pelvic position/entire body configuration with be met with resistance in the form of pain and possibly excess contraction that will lead to lack of progress and possibly even regression to a worse pelvic position. Go for the long term win with small, gentle practises of up to three minutes at a time comprised of as few sets as you can comfortably do. You may have heard the story about dropping a frog into boiling water – it jumps out. If you put it into cold water and slowly turn up the heat, the frog will boil. Imperceptibly change your pelvic position and you will resist the change much less.
I will give you the instructions for one of the Gear Changers now. In the next post, I will explain it and give the next Gear Changer.
The Head Lift
Lie on your back with your knees bent so that your feet are standing flat on the floor. Lift your head off the floor towards a position perpendicular (at an angle of 90 degrees) to the floor as far as you comfortably can and hold in a position where you can easily breath and can be steady without shaking. As soon as you start shaking, return your head to the floor to rest. Do this, even if just for five seconds a time, until you have completed a total of 60 seconds of holding in the lifted position, paying attention to any feelings of unnecessary tension in your body. Let go what you can.
I will return soon to fill you in on how this works, how it is best used and another way to extract some free strength from yourself.