The Essence of Gliding Body Movements is the  “mind-body connection”.
Add the 10 basic exercise ingredients of the Gliding recipe
and combine them in the right way.
Gliding is the action of putting the ingredients together.
The result is a gradual improvement and restoration of
your body’s best form and posture (or shape-shifting).

Essence of Gliding - Body Movements

 

The Basic Ingredients

    • Connect the mind and body.
    • Ocean breathe.
    • Drop shoulders.
    • Align 4 corners.
    • Drop body weight into thighs.
    • Foot action.
    • Connect the leg swing to the abdomen.
    • Use all body parts.
    • Use elasticity and spring.
    • Do sideways martial-arts warm-ups.

The basic ingredients of Gliding fit on an index card (see list at right) and are the building blocks. To give you a rudimentary understanding of each of the elements (ingredients), they are described here briefly, with more detail in other topics after this chapter. I learned the elements one at a time (over many years) but the important part is putting them all together in a way that makes all the muscles work nicely together. The elasticity works with using all body parts, etc. All of the elements, working together, make for a gliding-dancing-swimming-breathing fluid movement.

During the 1990s, I carried the list with me as a memory trigger. Although I have continued to learn since then and have understood many new principles, I always return to this basic recipe that taught me how to walk and run without pain, and that caused my shape to shift.

 

The Mind-Body Connection

There is a primary relationship between your mind and your body—for as long as you live, the mind and the body are inseparable. The mind-body connection is a constant, conscious, two-way conversation between your mind and your body. This conversation guides the conscious movement that changes your posture and your shape, and is the cornerstone of Gliding. Unless consciously directed by the mind, the body moves itself around on automatic pilot, perpetuating old, bad habits until the mind intervenes and tells the body to position or to move itself correctly. This directing by the mind sends determined mental energy that causes the correction to begin to take place. The body speaks to the mind through pain and other physical sensations. As soon as you activate the mind-body connection (by consciously directing the body with your mind and by actively listening to your body) your movements become more conscious. The goal of moving in this more conscious manner is shape-shifting—the deconstruction and reconstruction of your form and posture.

An important aspect of the mind-body connection is the constant re-minding (the mind remembers and prompts the body to respond by adjusting itself). Nearly twenty years after I put together the list of the elements of Gliding, I still forget, and I still remind myself. Walking with my dog up one of the same hills that we climbed all those years ago, out of breath, hips and legs heavy and tired, my mind-body connection kicks in and re-minds me to ocean breathe, to work my ankles, to drop my weight into my thighs. Very soon, all of the aches and pains dissipate, and I am once again Gliding along! This never ceases to amaze me and to bring it home that this is why many people, young and old, do not enjoy “going for a walk”. It takes a while to get the machine working, and to get the machine working, the mind-body connection has to be involved. The body has to be put into the right position to work with the walking.

The reality of the mind-body connection evaded me for many years, and I actually got there in reverse, by working through my body until it connected to my mind, and I attained the understanding of this intimate relationship. It does not matter whether you begin with the mind or with the body. Your spiralling journey through repeating cycles of the mind-body connection takes you one at a time, in order of importance, through every postural anomaly that has been built up and has to be reversed.

Gliding as Physical Meditation

Moving with awareness is demanding, both physically and mentally—the mind is busy paying attention to the body, and so has no room for stray thoughts; the body is busy moving, and so has no time to fidget. The result is a meditative state where both body and mind are calmed—especially useful for those of us who are too undisciplined (or fidgety) to “clear our mind of thoughts”, and sit still to meditate. The demands of body parts under repair become your mantras. A good physical meditation is “Circle around the Universe—A Chi Kung Pearl”.

 


 

The Main Ingredients of Gliding

  1. Ocean breathe (from yoga)
  2. Drop shoulders (from yoga)
  3. Align the 4 corners (from bodywork)
  4. Drop body weight into thighs (from Tae Chi)
  5. Foot action (my adaptation of the heel-toe movement used in running)
  6. Identify and use the psoas muscles (from Hellerwork)
  7. Use all body parts (born of my imagination, in my running days)
  8. Use elasticity and spring (based on the liquid movement of animals)
  9. Do the sideways martial-arts warm-ups (from Tae Kwon Do).

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The Essence of Gliding Body Movements is the “mind-body connection”. Add the 10 basic exercise ingredients of the Gliding recipe and combine them in the right way. Gliding is the action of putting the ingredients together. The result is a gradual improvement and restoration of your body's best form and posture (or shape-shifting).
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