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Although I have always maintained some form of conceptual understanding of stance and gait dynamics going back to my original training over 40 years ago, this understanding did not engender an experience of integration and holism in my...

Archetypes from Evolutionary Theory

Archetypes, when thought of as foundational patterns, can be observed in the evolutionary progression of living things. This post segments these into five core archetypes: Persistence, Creation, Doing, Social, and Intelligence. Each archetype...

ikigai

Ikigai (生き甲斐) is a Japanese concept referring to something that gives a person a sense of purpose, a reason for living. Japanese have basically a word for any concept that in other languages requires lots of words (except German, obviously)...

Carrying Stuff

When this writer was a pre-teen living in southern Africa, coming from Connecticut, he was astonished to see people comfortably carrying heavy loads on their heads.1 This was more common than seeing things carried in the arms. This was so novel...

The Still Point

John Upledger’s concept of the “Still Point” is a central element in craniosacral therapy, a form of alternative treatment he developed. This concept is based on the idea that the body possesses a natural rhythmic movement...

Hand and Foot Grasp

Our ability to move is governed by non-conscious stimulus-response patterns called reflexes. Although some of the responses are learned, there is a vast amount of involuntary, automatic engagement of our bodies in our actions. As we do not...

AI Fine-Tuned Manual Therapy Advisor

The mission of manual and movement therapies is to improve the functional/structural performance of the human (or other animal) body. Often these modalities orient to alleviating pain, but goals including enhanced athletic performance are...

Safety

SafetyFeeling secure is fundamentally opposed to feeling endangered. Without the presence of potential dangers, our sense of security would be meaningless. Protective instincts have evolved to a point where the responsibility for being alert to...

Calculating Stress/Strain in a Tensegrity...

Understanding the complexity of the mechanics involved in Tensegrity structures, which appear similar to mechanical principles employed in nature, is challenging. In this post, a simple, reduced tensegrity structure is mathematically modeled to...

God, AI, and Time

INTRODUCTIONThis post collates materials not directly associated with the focus of this blog – materials clarifying manual and movement therapy outlines and guidelines. Deviating from this theme, this post presents developments and...

Stairs

Inhabiting a sphere mostly covered by water makes prime real estate something of an issue. One method we have utilized to address this constraint is adding additional stories to our structures. Initially, we transitioned between levels using...