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What’s Fatigue to a Dancer?

Today fatigue overcame me and I felt my body falling apart. I began to pull every image inside myself to ask if any of them could call me back to a semblance of malleability.

The first image I rely on is the double helix from bottom of spine through top of my head. Two opposite spirals are intertwined strands fashioned on DNA strands. These are image structures that rotate slowly through the entire length of the strands.

The double helix nourishes my awareness with motion and attention to all the moving systems in my cells. The rotation generates a level of energy that I can ask my body to receive as I release tension and resistance that reduces my malleability. My fear seems to grab on to the tension in hopes that some manner of control can stop a closing off of my ability to continue a nourishment process.

Time moves slowly and it seems forever before I sense of relief. I vary the shape of the double helix from one set of stands that is narrow enough to surround my spine to a broad set that travels the edges of my body. I image two sets of double helix along side my spine, crossing to enter my neck and exiting the front and back Fontanelles at the top of my head.

I image a horizontal double helix at the pelvic floor activating the lower vertebra and match the spiral movements at my cranial base activating the top vertebra. Then I follow these spirals with my eye movements.

The variations keep my attention moving and my awareness sharp for any differences in the movement of energy.

I go back to the full body double helix, this time from the arches of my feet up,through my legs, crossing through my hips, passing the the spine just above my pelvic bone, and passing up through my head. The slow rotation of the double helix is comforting and allows me time to ask and receive nourishing energy.

Once my energy begins to return I have to welcome it and feed excessive flow back into the double helix. Otherwise my mind and nerves activate in an overload mode. The slow steady double helix gives me the image to manage the change. Plus I have the presence of mind to ask for all my systems to receive these changes and to work together for the nourishment I need to come back from overwhelming fatigue.
Tim Hurst. 11/09/17

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