Let's Get Psychophysical - Newsletter #16
Becoming a Biped
Hello, it’s Kevin.
Here is your weekly list of 5 things I’ve found that promote wholeness, integration and “waking up” – rather than fragmentation, dis-integration and falling asleep.
NOTE: I’ve had a wee holiday from the newsletter while working on some videos and other things at weekends. Oh fuck it, who am I kidding, I got lazy.
So this is a return to our regular Sunday service. Let us pLay.
I was recently interviewed by Hyperion Magazine - which has an interesting collection of writers and creators.
This interview is the first time I’ve told the real story of how I got into all this posture business in the first place… it’s probably not what you think.
Interview with Kevin Mackay
By Hyperion Magazine
My interview with Hyperion Magazine reminded me of this excellent article they published a while ago.
I LOVE his concept of movement puzzles. It’s very similar to my own approach - and a beautiful example of psychophysical unity.
Also, it’s a much sexier phrase than “psycho-mechanical problem solving” so I’ve been stealing it a little bit in my 1-to-1 lessons. (Thanks Kenan!)
The Story of the Human Body
by Daniel Lieberman
Professor of evolutionary biology, who did interesting research on the evolution of walking and picked up a nice nickname along the way: The Barefoot Professor.
My favourite chapter is: Upstanding Apes: How we became bipeds.
An evolutionary medical perspective on shoes [VIDEO]
Prescription for bipedalism.
The barefoot biped.
The purpose of this experiment is to experience the effect of shoes on how you run.
If you are already a barefoot walker or runner you don’t need this, but if not here’s what to do.
Go running with shoes on every day until your calf muscles hurt a little bit - just a little bit stiff, not injured! Notice where the pain and stiffness is.
Take a day or two off until your calves feel ok to run again.
Now go running barefoot every day until your calf muscles hurt a little bit. Notice where the pain and stiffness is this time, and how much there is….
Have fun being a biped,
Thanks for reading,
If you want to become a better biped – from head to toe – I can help.
Book a FREE 15-min posture consultation and “body audit.”
I’ve been doing a bunch of these this last couple of weeks and people seem to enjoy them, so get one now before I start charging for them.
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