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Old 01-10-2005, 08:07 PM   #28
rob_liberti
Dojo: Shobu Aikido of Connecticut
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Re: Aikido & Pilates

Hi Paulina,

I find some folks try to fix things artifically like that, but a good St. John Neuromuscular Therpist (who would also use the term "lengthening") will help you fix your posture problem by helping you relax you hips structure and knees properly. Also, I've had a few Alexander lessons where I was helped to lengthen and widen my arms, legs, hips, as well as back. I find it most interesting that I had to feel how to let some chest muscles naturally relax to let things happen. I have found all of this stuff tremendously helpful in kokyu ho and basically all of my waza.. These practices are really helpful for aikido. (And I'm not saying the only ones or the best ones. Just the best I've found so far!)

Rob
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