Carlos Dinares Tip #316: YOU CAN HAVE PERFECT ROWING TECHNIQUE

“I believe that the unity of mind and body is an objective reality. They are not just parts somehow related to each other, but an inseparable whole while functioning. A brain without a body could not think … the muscles themselves are part and parcel of our higher functions”
Moshe Feldenkrais

“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself”
Moshe Feldenkrais

Yes you can row perfectly!

If you don’t is because you are not learning it right and doing what it should be done.
I coached several rowers using the same system with all of them and they all row the same technique.
They developed their body and their coordination the same way. One of the differences between them is their body dimensions that I cannot change. Another one is the mobility of their joins, flexibility where we find some limitations to execute the more efficient rowing stroke.
Everyone of them has developed the best and more efficient rowing stroke for what they have. In order to achieve that I madee them execute every single stroke the way I want them to giving them direct feedback in each single stroke. I use the Weber-Fechner Law to refine human adaptation to the rowing stroke. Doing it this way i optimize the rowing learning process and develop their coordination and body the right way.

Common to every article and interview in this unique collection is Feldenkrais’s optimism about the capacity of each one of us no matter our circumstances or limitations to grow, change, improve, and become a more self-determined human being. This hopeful outlook is not so much strategic, as it is founded upon the strong evidence that of our brain’s one hundred billion neurons, we use only a very small percentage, leaving the rest available for learning new ways of moving, feeling, thinking, and acting.
With the rigor of a scientist, Feldenkrais began a study of functional anatomy, applied the laws of physics and motion to everyday human movement, and explored the process by which we originally acquire our most basic motor functions. He eventually came to a remarkable practical understanding: that learning is the primary ingredient in our formation. He thought that if he could understand how learning actually takes place, then he might be able to change old habit patterns and restore lost functions, such as his own ability to walk. This quest would change the direction of his professional life.
Unlike most other mammals, we are born with a brain that is essentially tabula rasa (a clean slate); that is, apart from our most basic physiological functions and drives, we are not “wired-in” at birth. For nearly everything that we are eventually able to do as adults, we needa period of apprenticeship or learning. For example, most infants need ten to fourteen months before they can walk, and before walking is possible they must first learn to roll over, sit up, crawl, stand, and so on. From Feldenkrais’s point of view, every child has to independently, organically learn how to solve concrete physical problems such as gravity, stability and instability, momentum, equilibrium, and so forth.
The functions that we identify as being uniquely “human” would not emerge if we were raised in a completely isolated environment. Unlike most other species, humans need more than simply air and sustenance. We require a human social world, one in which, over time, intention and successful action develop in correspon- dence to fulfilling meaningful goals in a context with others.
Feldenkrais developed a point of view that gives primacy to the nervous system and movement. He makes the extremely bold proposal that it is through the medium of movement that the nervous system makes the distinctions that lead to preferences or choices for particular actions or behavioral patterns.

I’m a believer that not all the rowers are rowing as well as they could because the system they are on doesn’t help them to do it right. The system is not giving them enough good feedback of what is right and what is wrong. Also the fitness they are developing is making them wire the wrong stroke on their body and develop the wrong body in many cases. That is keeping them more away of good technique and efficient rowing.

EMBODIED WISDOM:
The Collected Articles of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
Forward by David Z emach-Bersin, Eductional Director, T he F eldenkrais Institute (Published by N orth A tlantic Press and Distributed by Random H ouse, Due F all 2010)

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