Our most comprehensive package of services:
Sign up here to receive updates to our blog in your email.
On August 31, 2009 New York Times posted a very interesting video; a graphic analysis of Roger Federer’s biomechanics. Not only is the clip well chosen, but the audio commentary by Geoff Macdonald, women’s tennis coach at Vanderbilt University, is specific and excellent, as are the accompanying animations and graphics.
I find this video to be a wonderful illustration of some of the Feldenkrais principles of well organized movements. In his book “Awareness Through Movement” Dr. Feldenkrais writes “Under ideal conditions the work done by the body passes lengthwise through the spine and the bones of the limbs, that is as near to straight line as possible. If the body forms angles to the main line of action, part of the effort made by the pelvic muscles will not reach the point at which it was directed”. Notice in the video how Roger gets taller while hitting the ball.
What also caught my attention was efficiency and clarity of Federer’s use of the ground (please observe the interaction of his feet with the floor - from the ground up). In the part comparing his footwork to a slalom skier’s technique (1:59), the concept of equal and opposite force is demonstrated. Watch how he pushes the foot down into the ground in order to generate upward force and lateral movements.
Here’s the link:
Please join us for:
The Feldenrais Gym with Josh
Tuesday, March 28
Seeing the Image Through Self and Space
Wednesday, March 29
Feldenkrais Biography: A Life in Movement
Tuesday, April 4
Friday Evening – Sun, April 7 – 9
Click HERE for up-to-date details and teacher substitutions (if any) and to register in advance for any class.
**Community classes are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested fee of $10.00.
For your first class, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time.
We recommend loose, comfortable clothing.
Mats, pads are provided.
All classes are drop-in. Get your first two classes for the price of one!
Drop-in for $25
6 class card for $125
12 class card for $250
Members receive FREE unlimited classes and one FREE Functional Integration session every month
Call (212) 727-1014