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Correcting Duck Feet

Since I was a kid, I’ve had outward-turned feet – duck feet. Years of Aikido and dance have helped me to improve my posture, but it’s never gone away. I’ve been experimenting this week with a method that I developed.

When going to bed, get a web-belt, place feet shoulder-width apart, and secure the belt just above the knees. Sleep on your back with feet pointed up. Normally, the feet would be relaxed and splayed out, but with the feet unable to splay out this way,  other parts of the body have to accommodate. Outward rotation of the legs is controlled by contraction of the Sartorius muscle, and the inability to relax it completely can cause duck feet.

Satorius Muscle

from kenhub.com

 

Improper alignment of the legs will cause tension in other parts of the body, because you are no longer balanced on your skeletal structure, but having to use muscle to stand and move. I noticed tension in my shoulders, upper and lower back. The idea is to relax these during sleep and allow them to stretch.

I have also noticed when I sleep  with the web belt affixed this way that I have a tendency to flex my getanden (下丹田) when I shift during the night.

 

getanden

from hkgalden.com

The getanden is the muscle between the navel and the pubic bone. Flexing this muscle is important when doing certain martial arts movements, as it promotes a relaxed upper body, good breathing, and good posture.

So, I conclude that if the Sartorius cannot be fully relaxed, the legs will turn outward. Simply turning them in will pull on the Sartorius and cause anterior pelvic tilt, meaning that your butt will stick out, resulting in more curvature of the lower back (lumbar lordosis ) as you try to compensate. Everything is above continues to build on top of that, so there will be tension in the shoulders and neck.

Gently constraining the legs with the web belt puts the lower body in the right alignment. The Sartorius will be gently stretched as everything else tries to find alignment. Flexing the getanden will then use the extra stretch in the Sartorius to bring the pelvis into vertical alignment, correcting excessive lower-back curvature. This brings the spine into alignment, and the shoulder muscles can relax. I can feel my Trapezius relaxed – I must have been pulling my shoulders up and forward.

愛・関心・共鳴

愛とは個を超えること。

関心とは意識を伸ばして、個を超えて、自分の心を他の人のと結びつく。相手の立場から物事を考えること。

共鳴とは他との境を越えて、相手と一緒に反応すること。あいてのこころが鳴っているのを聞こえてないと、共鳴するか。心が静かてなきゃいけない。

愛の気持ちを育てるには、意識を伸ばして、心を静かにするのだろう。

生活する上で最も楽な生き方は真実を感じ取って、それを表現する。

周りの人の本音、物事の真相を感じ取りながら、自分と相手に誠実。

欲はあってもいい

合気道の先輩は「欲はあってもいいよ。」
私は眉毛をあげた。
続いて、先輩が「新しいものができるから。」
「と言いますと?」
「例えば、冬にイチゴがなかったよね?イチゴがなくて、これは儲かるんだろうと思って誰かが温室を作って、石油かガスを燃やして、イチゴを育てる。そうすると冬にイチゴができる。前はなかったのに、今はある。新しいものができた。」
「なるほど。」と私は言った。
「けども前は冬に人と土が休んでもよかったのに、今は働いている。そして他の人があの人が儲かっているのを見て、同じ事をする。で、みんな値段を安くして、儲からなくなる。しかも化石燃料を燃やして二酸化炭素を放出して、土、人、地球が疲れる。どこかでストップを掛けなければならないけど、欲はあってもいい。」