Turn on the High Beams – Editing Out Transverse Movement

Here’s an imagery cue that works well in so many situations.  Supine, standing, even during movement.  It’s so versatile that you can probably use it about 5 different ways in 1 class.

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Headlights.  When your aim is to edit out transverse movement, this is the cue for you.  Think of headlights on a car.  Both shine in the same direction, straight ahead of the car.  You can’t disassociate the car from the headlights.  Where the car points, the headlights point.  And vice versa.

Imagine that the hips bones are mounted with headlights and just like a car, those headlights must shine directly ahead of the body.  Hip disassociation exercises lend themselves particularly well to this cue.  Leg Circles I, Shoulder Bridge, Bridging w single leg variations, Standing Balance I/II and others enjoy improved form and more benefits are reaped when this cue is used.  In supine, headlights shine on the ceiling directly above; in Standing Balance I, towards the wall or mirror just ahead; and Standing Balance II, the floor just below.

Feel free to play with this one and see which exercises it improves for your clients.  Often times introducing it towards the start of a class is a good idea because you can refer back to it with other exercises you didn’t even realize it would be helpful for!

 

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