Set New Goals
Take a moment to reflect and check-in on goals, experiences, and behaviors, ask: "Am I on track with my overall goals? Are my behaviors reflective of what I wish to accomplish in the short and long-term? What have I observed in myself that I wish to change?
Last Month's Observations
My goals from February involved a re-establishment of optimal breathing and lots of Constructive Rest. (Read all about it on last month's post!) Awareness of rib movement has settled back in as a daily habit, and I'm able to take fuller, more comfortable breaths more often! I also utilized Constructive Rest to clear my mind and release tension before practicing and playing. It hasn't become a daily habit, but we're getting closer!
I realized that while focusing on specific parts, such as the ribs or the feet, I leave others out of the picture. I rarely consider the hip joints, and can even forget to notice the balance of my head on top of the spine.
In addition, I've been uncovering some connections between a lifted soft palate, support, and throat tension that I haven't been able to put into words yet.
- Spend time on my body map, specifically re-evaluating my representation of my hip joints and the relationship of the spine and balance of the head.
- Use video recordings to evaluate movements and habits in a more specific way to better understand how I'm moving as a whole.
- Spend time experimenting with throat tension, and learn more about the relationship between the soft palate and support.