It takes very little actual physical effort to stand, move and create if one is in Total Body Alignment. Why then is it that there is so much tension present in our muscles, organs, bones and mind? One reason may be that the unconscious mind is clenching and bracing because, unlike our conscious mind, it can feel that the earth we stand on is spinning at 1000 miles per hour (give or take depending on how close to the equator or poles you stand). Even though we are traveling at great speed through space, it is possible to find and be in a constantly grounded and peaceful state.
Most forms of health and fitness apply all kinds of doing. RSM Personal Training involves as much un-doing as doing. When the body and mind learn to release involuntary tension, a whole reservoir of untapped energy and power becomes available. Releasing is difficult because it is a contradiction: actively doing work to be better at not doing. Un-do training is all about balance, tension release and uncovering inner strength that is already there waiting to support and sustain. The practice of release is something that is learned and then continues to be applied in the most advanced levels.
It is unwise to build strength without a proper foundation. Many popular fitness routines jump right into Rambo Mode while ignoring Total Body Alignment. This kind of training can cause injury and quick burnout. Total Body Alignment builds awareness and neuromuscular connections through the skeletal system and functional core anatomy. If you dismiss building a good foundation, you do so at your own peril.
Strengthening connections throughout the body by developing flexibility and resilience is the only sound way to build strength in the muscles. The muscles can only work in their available range of motion. Flexibility increases the range of motion and circulation within the joints. Resilience allows the muscles to integrate into the core and skeletal system. If one improves flexibility and resilience then total strength increases faster and more efficiently than any other way. The secret to strengthening is learning how to strengthen connections.
There are many things to master in this life but we only need to master one: our own inner rhythm. Even sitting still and apparently doing nothing like Vipassanā-meditation takes a great effort to master. Inner rhythm is not the kind of thing you learn in music class, it is the biological rhythm that connects the mind to the body and the body to the mind.
First and foremost, one must have something to practice. Any practice like golf, yoga, tennis, kung-fu, tango or just general over-all fitness will do fine. The point is to create a daily practice where one’s own inner rhythm can be applied. It is best to have a trainer and attend classes but ultimately one must learn to evolve their own practice to achieve mastery. Every body is completely unique, that is why one must learn to listen to their own inner coach. Mastery is attained when one has complete control of the body and mind without controlling it, the control of no control. The moment one attempts to control an experience the flow stops, awareness narrows to the one thing that is to be controlled. The present moment and view of the future are lost when something is controlled because the thing to be controlled is already in the past. Experiencing life in a masterful way allows free flow of energy and an expansion of awareness.
RSM Personal Training
RSM Personal Training is a practice for releasing, strengthening and mastering which can be applied to any experience or activity. RSM Personal Training is a way to practice fitness for being.