Hallo. Vould you like to have a roll in ze hay?
Roll, roll, roll in ze hay….
– young frankenstein
Yesterday said I had some fun exercises for you! (Well, I many not have used the word, “fun” wink, wink, ….) You do know of course that we roll every day, or every night at least. In bed. And I don’t mean a “roll in the hay” (Although I certainly am all for a good roll in the hay as well!). But what I’m talking about here is simply the act of rolling over. Lying on your stomach, then rolling over on your back, or conversely (Yes I do love that word!), lying on your back and rolling over on your stomach. Have you ever taken the time to figure out how you do it?
When you roll over in bed do you push off with a hand first? Do you use the momentum of your shoulders or hips? Do you toss a leg over then follow through with your body? When on your back, do you begin your “roll” by turning your head to face the direction you want to go? Have you ever thought about it at all? Well, why would you!? The thing is, to make a roll as intuitive as possible it’s a good idea to look at how we roll naturally and see what we can take away from it. In my class exercises I’ve found that there are a whole variety of ways people roll over when laying down. There is not one correct answer, but there may be a general concept we can come away with. What would that be?
So tomorrow I’m off to teach some short clinics at Rutabaga in Madison. In the mean time, why don’t you invite a friend to join you for a little “exercise”. It could be fun!