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Archive for July 27th, 2010

Nia Principle #10 X-Ray Anatomy

Posted by terrepruitt on July 27, 2010

The 10th Principle of the Nia White Belt is X-Ray Anatomy.  When I first heard this I thought, “What? Do the people that do Nia think they have X-Ray Vision?” But that is not the case at all. (Whew!) To put it in its simplest form it is a way to see the body.

In Nia we study anatomy. We do not study it to the extent of doctors, but we read books and use tools to help us learn how the bones act as the frame and support of the body; how the bones protect organs, and how the bones connect.  We examine the joints and how they move.  Each type of joint: the hinged joints, the ball and sockets, etc. moves differently  We notice how they move and how they allow movement.  We also look at how the muscles move the bones, with contractions.  In addition, we think about the connective tissue, believing that in order for it to be healthy it must move and be supple.

Focusing on how the body was designed to move and appear allows us to “x-ray” beneath the skin using our intuition, our knowledge, and our eyes to possibly see areas that could use attention.  For example shoulders in general should be level.  Rounded shoulders could be weak muscles in the back not holding the back up and shoulders back, or tightness in the muscles in the front.  Level hips is the original design, barring injury, hips off kilter could be a matter of weak leg muscles on one side.   See how that can work?

Looking at our bodies using our X-ray Anatomy can assist us in seeing and learning what our bodies need.  Seeing what our bodies need give us the opportunity to give them what they need.  When we have an idea of what our bodies need it enables us to practice Nia in the way that best suits our needs.  Working out in a way that our bodies actually need makes working out enjoyable and makes you feel great.

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