Pinkie Power — 2 Comments

  1. I am reminded of an interesting correspondence with weight bearing through the ulnar side of the hand.. A precisely located, pea sized touch of pressure to the pisiform (for example leaning this part of the base of the palm on well designed float handle bars of a bike) will elicit a total system of reflex support in the extensors of the arm via bony receptor stimulus. Something I made use of a lot in my past life as physiotherapist, when offering my hand to support to patients who needed gait re-education. Now that my wrists are a little sensitive from decades of cycling and piano playing, I reach to support my body weight with more care and notice that I weight bear through the ulnar side of my hand…. Reaching with the pinkie side….. Which leaves my fingers light and available. It is also possible to lengthen through hand, wrist, shoulder neck. How lovely! I will experiment with this kind of reach in upward arm movements.

  2. PS there is also a cunning spot on the underside outer border of the heel bone, which facilitates perineus longus and deep postural muscles of the calf. …. reciprocally subduing the kind of hypertonicity that comes with upper motor neurone dysfunction…. Stroke, multiple sclerosis, etc.
    I have found myself wondering if this can be useful in the context of Alexander work, as it is very effective to be aware of this in the sensitive handling of “jumpy legs”
    I would be interested in any comments.

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