Using Your Middle Finger
Posted by terrepruitt on May 4, 2016
If you have ever taken a moment to look at the list of the Fifty-Two Nia Moves you might have wondered what the “Power Finger Crossover” is. You probably figured out it has something to do with fingers as the name contains “finger” but perhaps that is as far as you had gotten. You may have thought, “What is crossed over what?” Well, the middle finger is considered the power finger in Nia. It has a lot of power. In some cultures it is considered a finger of communication ;-). In Nia it is also called the balance finger. With the power finger crossover in the 52 Nia Moves it can be used at many different times during a Nia routine.
First: how to – the way you do the power finger is to cross the middle finger, the power finger over the index finger. Then you release the index finger and cross the power finger over the ring finger. The arms remain long and extended. The cross of the fingers is small. Use both hands, doing the crossover at the same time on both hands.
I can do the middle finger crossed over the index finger on both hands. I can do the middle finger crossed over the ring finger on the left hand with out help. But I have to use my left hand to cross my right middle finger over my right ring finger. As you can imagine it takes a little strength and dexterity to cross the fingers over each other unaided. It is obvious to me I need to practice more.
There is a routine in which we cross the ring finger over the pinky finger and for the longest time I could do it on my left hand, but had to help my right hand out. But now I can cross both ring fingers over both pinky fingers without help. So it really is just a matter of practice.
If you can do the crossing without helping great! But if you can’t, it is fine to help your fingers until you can do it without the help of the other hand. The fingers still get the benefit of flexibility. And your brain gets the benefit of your digits being crossed.
According to The Nia Technique (page 164) “practicing this move helps you extend energy along your arm bones and out through your hands, which keeps your neck and shoulders relaxes. It creates positive tension in the hand and adds to awareness of the integration of the hand and arm.”
And as I said it helps strengthen the hands/fingers and brings dexterity to them.
This move is part of the moves of the upper extremities and is grouped under “Fingers”. It can be done in combination with many of The Fifty-Two Nia Moves and during many of the Nia Routines. It can be done at almost anytime in a Nia class. During FreeDance or as part of a routine. It can also be practiced throughout your day.
So did you try it? Can you do it? Can you do it on both hands without the help of the other hand?