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Hi everybody,

Different bodies, different strategies. This forum chapter was created to host an explicitly comparative investigation of practical implications and adaptations of movement principles to the specific parameters of different body types. 

Obviously, morphology is unique from person to person. Features, dimension, mass, proportion, density, tone, metabolism, habit. Some variations are visible, some are discreet. Although we are all subject to the same gravitational forces, mechanical and bio-mechanical principles, the variables might drastically change the outcome of a similar or identical action, irrespective of the context. The uniqueness of individual morphology is implicit to the way the ASIRN discusses, analyzes and and counsels strategies for improving movement abilities or recovering from or avoiding injury. However, often it is not until we share our strategies and sensations or move with others, that we become aware of the needed adaptations to our personal differences. And it is not until we are able to adapt universal movement principles to the specific parameters of our bodies that we can optimize our movement strategies, if needed or wanted.

A comparative analysis through concrete examples can be an opportunity for sharpening our awareness, developing deeper comprehension about contextualized problem solving, as well as acquiring skills and competence for differentiated feedback in class for those who teach or want to teach. 

In the future we would like to offer opportunities for topic related collective research and discussions in forms of workshops, teachers labs, performance work etc. 

At the moment, we are planning a teachers lab at the beginning of January 2021 in Italy. Stay tuned!!

Looking forward to hearing from you. Your questions, experiences, observations, propositions are welcome.

Thank you Frey Faust and Francesca Pedullà for supporting this initiative. 

Manuela Martella and Irina Hortin
Hello,
Thank you for undertaking this addition to the discussion and research.

I would like to add "physical disabilities" to your list of "different bodies and body types". In my experience with the ASIRN since 2006, persons with physical disabilities have not been common participants; perhaps we can be more welcoming to this population by being more informed ourselves.

For 5 years I danced in a professional contemporary dance company called AXIS Dance Company in Oakland, California. It is a touring and teaching company made up of dancers with and without physical disabilities.

After leaving the company I became their 'company trainer', developing a comprehensive, adaptable, versatile group fitness program for a wide variety of bodies and people, including accommodations for most physical disabilities.

Happy to share more about this in the future.

Thanks,
Sebatian
(04-14-2020, 07:06 PM)sebastiangrubb Wrote: [ -> ]Hello,
Thank you for undertaking this addition to the discussion and research.

I would like to add "physical disabilities" to your list of "different bodies and body types". In my experience with the ASIRN since 2006, persons with physical disabilities have not been common participants; perhaps we can be more welcoming to this population by being more informed ourselves.

For 5 years I danced in a professional contemporary dance company called AXIS Dance Company in Oakland, California. It is a touring and teaching company made up of dancers with and without physical disabilities.

After leaving the company I became their 'company trainer', developing a comprehensive, adaptable, versatile group fitness program for a wide variety of bodies and people, including accommodations for most physical disabilities.

Happy to share more about this in the future.

Thanks,
Sebatian


Hi Sebastian,

thanks for your interest and your interesting proposition!
As you can see, we have created a sub-chapter that can host this topic.

Manuela