Spatial Analysis and Kinesthetic Awareness — from Squash to Singing to Typing
Liberal Arts Blog — Saturday is the Joy of Sports, Dance, Fitness, and All Things Physical Day
This note applies to any sport and any everyday activity. Spatial analysis and kinesthetic awareness are key to maximizing both your health and athletic performance. Knowing where your feet, hips, and shoulders are at the beginning, middle, and end of every stroke or movement matters a lot. I sincerely wish I had learned this simple truth much, much sooner. Video analysis is an invaluable aid to countering self-deception. You may imagine you are doing x, y, or z with your feet, knees, shoulders when you, in fact, are not. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
MATRICES, MATRICES, EVERYWHERE — the case of squash
1. Court position: are your feet really all the way on the T every time you recover?
2. Court position: are you maintaining an appropriate distance from the ball and the wall on every shot?
3. Body parts: are your knees really bent? are your shoulders really rotated? NB: Is the racquet really at the right position instantly as you prepare for the next shot? Is the ball high and tight enough on every shot?
HEAD TO TOE — the case of singing
1. Is the angle of your head optimized with the chin slightly in stretching your spine and lifting your sternum and engaging your core muscles?
2. Is your pelvis tilted to stabilize your core?
3. Is your breathing easy and full — expanding your abdomen on each inhalation? Are your feet flat on the floor well balanced with one slightly ahead? Are your knees unlocked? are your zygomatic muscles lifted as in the beginning of a smile?
NB: Are your jaw and your tongue loose?
TYPING — Feet, Lower Back, Shoulders
1. Are your feet flat on the floor?
2. Is your lower back supported?
3. Are your shoulders back?
NB: Is your head angle optimal with the chin in ever so slightly in lifting the sternum and engaging the core? Is the height and depth of your chair right for you? is your chair the right distance from the keyboard?