January 19th, 2023
Shape Flow Support can be defined as the internal support for form change, the baseline of which is growing and shrinking (breathing in, breathing out).
When we are babies, our movements stem from the torso, the core, but as we become upwardly mobile, we often forget that the core can continue to support all movement. The arms and legs can move independently, but how much more ease can we find by supporting the movement from the core?
This video explores using muscles in the torso to lift the arms to playing position on the cello, so that the muscles of the arms are not engaged just to hold them up, but can instead be free to move the hands and fingers where they need to go. It saves a lot of energy and hopefully prevents pain, too!
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Cellist, baroque cellist, Laban Movement Analyst, and cello professor at Idaho State University.