The Where You Think It Is, It Ain’t Circle

November 9, 2016

One of my favorite quotes is by Ida Rolf, ‘Where you think it is, it ain’t.’

Love the simplicity and truth of it.

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Everything inside the circle impacts the circle. That’s your body as a whole.

Everything outside the circle impacts the circle. That’s your environment.

Muscles change when, how and what they do based on the environment. They never do the identical pattern twice. Why? Patterns change depending on what you did before what you just did. (Read that several times to get it) Meaning? Once you do a pattern your body must respond and that response determines the next pattern. The response always changes, so the pattern does too.

That’s a crazy ass way to say you can’t cookie cutter a movement pattern. You can’t say movement is the same for each person. Observing movement in a lab isn’t the same as observing it in the real world. As soon as you change environments everything else changes. Hell, it’s even gonna change based on what you’re thinking.

Here a three simple takeaways from the circle

  1. Treat the site of pain. Of course we need to do that. It freaking hurts. But pain only tells you there is a problem, it does not tell you what it is. If it was only that easy. Treating where it hurts is so easy a kid can do it. Just do shit to where it hurts.
  2. The creamy filling of the circle is the ‘everything else’ part. That’s a lot of space I know. It can be a bit overwhelming. How do you know where to start? Watch them move. Movement never lies.
  3. The wall of the circle often breaks depending on the surrounding environment. The best way to build a strong wall is to move your body more so it can resist disorder. Otherwise known as LIFE! That’s called being anti-fragile. As Charles Darwin famously said, ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.’ So change how you move.

“Find out your awkwardness. Figure out what you’re good at and then—Just Do the Opposite. Go towards your awkwardness, go towards your fear, go towards your instability, your errors and your ignorance.” -Frank Forencich

9Miss one part of the circle and stuff just keeps coming back until you get it right. Your body will tell you quick, fast and in a hurry when it likes something. It will also tell you just as quickly when it doesn’t.

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Stay Strong,
Perry