Constructive Rest Midterm - Elizabeth Bartholomew...

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Elizabeth Bartholomew Fundamentals of Movement: Midterm - Thirty days of constructive rest. 1. Date: Wednesday 9/29 Time: 3:00PM Location: Home sick! So sneezy and sniffly. Goals / Focus: I know the midterm is being assigned today… so am going to try it out so I do not fall behind. I think I might not do a full round, start with just ten or fifteen minutes because it is really hard to focus on anything except my runny nose. But maybe this will be good and relaxing for me. Doing the reading in Fundamentals of Movement about the head and neck, I found myself intrigued but also a bit confused at some parts (there is a lot of new vocabulary describing all the bones and muscles I have never heard before). So, my goal for this constructive rest is to work on visualizing the parts of my body and connecting my knew knowledge of their use / technical vocabulary with where they are inside me and how they feel. I am going to do a rest described in the FOM chapter about the Atlas. First I am going to focus it as a lifesaving ring and my head floating on this ring. Then I am going to rotate my head visualizing it moving around the axis. I am also going to try to visualize the dens extending upwards “creating an axis about which the entire head can revolve”. Notes: 2. Did I feel any changes in my body during the session? I enjoyed thinking about my head floating and my atlas as a life-saver ring. I think it helped me relax, especially because being sick has caused me to have a lot of tension in my head / it feels heavy and compressed so pretending it was floating and weightless being held up by this one part of my spine was really helpful. I still felt sniffley afterwards, but not so upset about it. And I also felt sleepy – ready for a nap! 3. Which imagery worked well? Not so well? The visualization of the Atlas as a lifesaver was awesome, visualizing the Atlas moving around the axis worked well too. I am having a hard time visualizing / understanding what the dens is / how it works / I think I will need to ask someone in class for help about it – or maybe we will work on it more in class. 4. Did any spontaneous imagery arise? Yes! The atlas as two hands, wrists pushed together, fingers covering up and over my ears holding my head up – sort of a different approach to the atlas as lifesaver. Very calming imagery. 5. Did I feel any changes in my alignment? (note transition to standing) Really I just felt more tired afterwards, although maybe also like there was less tension / compression in my stuffed-up head. 6. Did I feel any changes in my movement in general? (throughout the day) I didn’t move too much today! Although, by evening now I think I am starting to feel a bit better, although I am not sure that it has to do with the constructive rest or just ‘taking it easy’ in general.
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