9 Replies to “Lifting on the stomach”

  1. I am finding a bit of a lack of enthusiasm for repeating things on the other side even though I feel ought to. I think I quite like the feeling of being asymetrical because thats how I can tell a difference by compairing the worked side to the other side.

    I know that some lessons are taught only on 1 side and the other side improves spontaneously by itself. I have experienced this sometimes. Do people generally prefer to do both sides or just 1 side in a lesson?

  2. That feeling of asymmetry is a great teacher. Go ahead and do the lesson on one side only and enjoy it!

    There’s no compulsion to do things on both sides–not at all; typically in a training the more we go along the more we do things only on one side, or much more briefly on the second side. Just do enough two-sided work that your preference for one-sided does not itself become a compulsion either! It is possible that there are interesting things to discover that you wouldn’t discover if you never did work on the second side. And if you do a lot of work only on one side, pick a different side from time to time.

  3. I like this discussion ­čÖé I noticed in my long term students that they complain less and less about one-sided lessons. While newcomers would complain immediately if I speak ATM only on one side, the more experienced ones would not comment. Some would do one or two movements on the other side. But I know some don’t even bother. However, I don’t give a strict scaffold when teaching. I leave it to the students to take breaks/pauses or not, I often don’t announce pauses, but instead leave some space/silence after my movement suggestions/instructions.

    I for myself, I have lesson where I would bother not to do the other side (e.g. Franz Wurm series Der aufrechte Gang), but in others I wouldn’t (e.g. proof of concept lessons).

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