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SuperWalking

Somatic Exercises to Streamline Your Walking for Ease, Speed, Balance, and Agility


Hanna Somatics Gold
by Lawrence Gold

A GENTLY INTENSIVE PROGRAM FOR MOVEMENT HEALTH

Walking is a peerless organizer.

~~ Ida P. Rolf

There is no walking in this program!  What there are, are the elements of walking movements -- each made distinct, refined and better-coordinated by the exercises. Better coordination makes walking easier, lighter, faster.

These exercises are all done lying down. You walk afterward.

One afternoon in Santa Cruz, after the first time I did them in an organized way (as presented in SuperWalking) I took a walk. Going up the steps from the deck to street level, I marvelled at how light I felt -- without losing weight! I thought, "This is an amazing miracle!" and named it accordingly, the first time I published it in The Guidebook of Somatic Transformational Exercises.

examples of movement elements:

"Lying on your back, leave one leg straight and draw the other knee toward your chest with your muscles. By drawing your knee toward your chest, help your straight leg straighten and reach. Repeatedly pulse the movement. Make each movement help the other. Slowly relax and lie flat."

That kind of thing.

If you do a movement element like any of these, you characteristically do it more or less easily, with more or less strength, with slower or faster spontaneity, more or less whole-body integration. By doing these exercises for a time, intentionally feeling what you're doing continuously, you spontaneously have impulses to synchronize all the movements. You let go of tensions that make you stiff, slow, or ponderous and you bring yourself together into a better-integrated whole. You move more easily with faster yet well-balanced "from thought-into-motion" spontaneity, with secure strength, and more sustained stamina.

Imagine that -- by imagining it. What would you be like, if seen from outside yourself?

You first rehearse and then perform orchestrated walking-movement patterns that have a high potential for harmonious rhythm. By repeated practice, your movements become better and better harmonized; you form new muscle/movement memories that shape how you walk and how you look and feel. With ongoing practice, your feel for these exercises comes into better focus. You feel more all-put-together. Walking feels good and your walking looks good. You can feel where your "walking power" comes from and how little of it is used when you walk. You can be quick and speedy. You realize that these orchestrated walking movements led to a more harmonious, rhythmic, balanced, and easy way of moving.

So, for fun, you alternate repeatedly between the new, more harmonious and free way and the old, less harmonious, less rhythmic way -- inducing a further change in you. A surprise.

The Gyroscopic Walk

The Gyroscopic Walk (freely available here) takes it a step further and guides how to take what has been freed in SuperWalking and apply it into special walking patterns that now make use of gravity to find and move from The Center Line of Balance. The Gyroscopic Walk and The Old Scottish Geezer's Walk do this. The rhythms and efficiencies of those movements gather movements into rhythmic patterns. By recognizing and enhancing those movement rhythms, we put ourselves together better and better. All from each patterned walk.

  • FIRST STEP: Free ourselves from the grip of inadvertent muscular tension patterns ("holding patterns") that show up as stiff, slow, or ponderous walking.
  • SECOND STEP: Take that freedom and apply it to bringing ourselves together, better.
  • If you find The Gyroscopic Walk fatiguing, SuperWalking is the way to go, first.

    This program improves balance, grace, speed and endurance when walking -- and what improves walking also improves running.

    If you're rehabilitating yourself after injury, if your legs feel heavy or get tired easily, if your walking feels labored, this program will lighten the feeling of your legs considerably. Enjoy walking.

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    Other programs that improve walking:

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