Develop your strength and flexibility, increase your vitality and power.

Well being that spreads from the physical to the emotional, intellectual and intuitional levels.

All actions involving our physical body reflect on the emotional, intellectual and intuitional levels. When we work on the denser aspect of our being – the physical – we are also shaping all other subtler levels. Being aware of the actions our physical body performs is paramount to perceive their effects and, ultimately, to elect those actions consciously. 

The DeRose Method techniques are far more than physical exercise, but a complete set of tools for body awareness and self-knowledge. They aim at reaching beyond the physical body, well into the other subtler levels. They generate cumulative, long lasting effects, resulting in consistent improvement in all levels. The outcome is a practice that clears tiredness and energizes, increases your vitality and power, and expands your awareness.

The sequence of techniques – either for beginners or advanced – elects the safest and most effective actions upon all body systems and structures. The breathing exercises increase your quota of vital energy, the compression of plexuses and glands even your emotions, the combination of both eliminates stress and develops concentration. Cumulatively, the physical positions bring muscular and articular strength and flexibility, and enhance your energy. The techniques that aid in the absorption of all these effects build a continuous, metabolizable progress.

Be strong and flexible, feel powerful and fully enjoy your life!

The physical positions and the concept of live energy

Psycho-physical techniques. The physical positions are also defined as psycho-physical techniques, due to the mental component included on the performance of the more than 2000 positions codified on the DeRose Method. The physical performance is merely the entrance to the effective accomplishment of the exercise. Once the body adjusts to the position, the true practice begins, with the use of localization of consciousness, coordinated breathing and mentalizations.

Permanence. In addition to these, one of the main features of these techniques is the permanence, in opposition to the western model of doing body movements with repetition. When the practitioner remains on the position, the latter acts deeply over the muscle fuses, receptors inside the muscle cell that are connected with tone and protection against the risk of strain. The permanence on the position, allied to the localized attention, coordinated breathing and mentalizations, allow the position to communicate with the muscle fuses, stimulating them to decrease their defensive control over the muscle. Thus, the muscle fibre decrease their level of contraction, stretching.

Release of energy. When the muscle fibre stretch, all the volume of accumulated energy to keep the muscle retraction throughout the years is progressively released, transformed into live energy. Therefore, the more assiduous the practice is, the quicker and greater the amount of released energy.

Above the average. When we combine the time and the frequency of the training of the physical positions with the other groups of techniques of a typical class of the method, the result is an individual living with a quota of strength and energy well above the average.

Imagine… And to close our post, I invite you to imagine the areas over which you wish to apply this natural, extra power, which comes from the release of physical and psychic forces, and the positive outcome of this channelling of force.

(adapted and translated from blogdojojo.com)

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Physical Positions

The physical positions, pleasurable and firm, are executed in a choreographic way, without repetitions and linked by movements of transition. In the first stage, the physical positions develop body awareness, motor coordination, and the elasticity of the tissues, articular flexibility and muscle tone. With regular practice, in order to progress further, you will learn how to keep the positions stable, comfortable and aesthetic: the breathing must be conscious, deep (abdominal and complete) and rhythmic (regular), while you localise your consciousness, focus on mental images, colours and sounds, and maintain a deep feeling of intention and a strong sense of purpose.

Muscular tension and energy When we practice the physical positions, they unravel the complete picture of our muscle and articular limitations. Many of these limitations are a result of tensions.

The phenomenon of muscular tension The muscles have a great capacity to contract. Each and every stimulus captured by the senses produces a reaction of contraction on our musculature. When we interpret the stimulus as a threat to our integrity, our muscular network contracts, building a protective shield with the aim of reducing the impact of the intimidation on our vital areas.

Partial contraction Once the threat ceases, the muscles return to their point of rest, partial contraction or muscle tone, which is the ideal stage for the muscles to initiate a contraction immediately after receiving a sign from the nervous centres. In complete relaxation, the muscle would take too long to react to the stimulus, placing survival in risk.

Stiffness However, if a threat is present for a long time (months or years), the muscle tone gets deformed, leaving the tissues retracted, stiff and the muscles lose the ability to return to the level of rest or partial contraction.

Tiredness and pain This way, we deteriorate our flexibility, the flow of blood in the muscles, the reflexes, the sensory perception, increasing the accumulation of toxic products on the cells and predisposing the muscle network to tiredness and pain.

The origin of threats

Fear The vast majority of the chronic muscular tensions have their origin in fear, a basic, instinctive emotion, crucial for the evolution of mammals. The function of this feeling is to scan the environment in search of real or imaginary threats.

Education In Man, this emotion is trained through education, and conditioned and improved regarding the norms and rules of collective life. Some people express mostly reserve and opposition, while others express courage and trust. Many factors determine their behaviour: the place and time, family values, ethnic values, genetic aspects, among others.

Training These factors shape the way each of us interprets the flow of life events. If we regard them as threats, we will be stiff. If we regard them as part of our training to continuously improve, we will fell at ease. After all, what really matters is the way we see reality, not reality itself…  

The energetic cost of muscular tensions

Stagnant energy Hypertonic muscles, with too much tension, demand a continuous flow of energy to keep their retraction. Energy poorly channeled. which remains stagnant, directed to maintaining the shield of muscle armour, with the purpose of self-defense. The trouble is that 90% of the threats exist only in our imagination. Because our energy is limited, we feel continuously tired and a permanent sensation of physical, emotional and mental impotence.

Western model We spend years focusing exclusively on work, the need of acknowledgement, security and comfort, decades of a life-style that tends to anxiety, dispersion, and lack of inner bodily communication. The consequence of this model is that our intercostal muscles, the extensors of the spine, the anterior and posterior muscles of the thighs, nape, back, face, arms, and other, fell a chronic lack of rest, of a healthy tone, relaxed and comfortable. This condition affects the breathing, flexibility, concentration, sleep, humour, leading us to a low quality life, without the perception of value and priority.

adapted text from Joris Marengo’s blog: http://blogdojojo.com

Choreography

CHOREOGRAPHY AND CONSCIOUS MOVEMENT

The choreographic format is one of the main features of our practice. When we execute the techniques with emphasis on the movement our body conscience expands, we increased our concentration, and transform a simple practice in a true work of art.

And because life is movement, not staticity, also the practice should be. When we do our daily practice with this consciousness we extrapolate this concept of movement and fluidity to everything we do on a daily basis. We transform the way we move, how we walk,  how we feed ourselves …. everything becomes more aesthetic and delicate, but sharply done. We become so much more delicate with our body and the way we deal with it. We become better persons, to ourselves, and to the others, emphasizing grace, delicacy and power, that only a sadhana can do.

In your next practice remember this: combine focus and improvisation. Focus and stability, having the feet on the ground, while the mind is relaxed and flowing through improvisation. One of the biggest features of learning our practise is you get to live here and now which is one of the biggest concepts of life.

Until then, inspired yourself with the choreographies by DeRose Art Company.

What is our definition of Quality of Life?

Quality of life is to make your existence uncomplicated, to do what gives you pleasure, with joy, health and well-being.

Quality of life is to fulfil physiological and ergonomic needs, to adopt habits that improve and maintain the functionality of the body, emotions and intellect. It is the improvement and development of our abilities, in relation to the triad: good nutrition, good health and good mind.

Quality of life is to relate in a relaxed, ethical and responsible manner towards nature and your surrounding socio-cultural environment. It is to aspire to always share and integrate: with generosity, grace, respect and affection in all human relations. It is to adopt a set of values that include exceptional civility, culture and education.

Quality of life is to adopt a vision of the world that motivates us to pursue development and continuous improvement, realising personal excellence by means of study, ideals and self-knowledge.

Quality of life is to keep expenditure below your earnings. It is to live near your work. To eat frugally. To be able to find satisfaction in everything. To spend time with friends and acquaintances. To give flowers to the people you love. To not let the pitfalls of life get you down. To love frankly and forgive sincerely.

These are our values.

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Is it more important to have a strong body or to be flexible?

What it is more important? To be flexible or strong and muscular, like RoboCop?

Imagine a person who has difficulty moving, imprisoned by poor mobility tying up their shoes… How agonising! To even get out of bed or pick up a toothbrush that fell to the bathroom floor would be an immense effort…

It turns out that at this very moment, as you read this article, we age slowly.

Our body will “solidify” the joints, muscles and tendons, giving us less and less flexibility, until we reach the point when we need assisted help to tie our shoes, get out of bed and pick something up that just fell on the floor.

Lack of flexibility is not a natural thing, and sedimentation, which is slow and gradual, is due to lack of care and maintenance to the body, and this is how we live.

Everyone knows that when you buy a car, you need to do periodical maintenance. It is written in the user manual, the seller will tell you and the lights in the car will warn you to go and do it. Done, the car is like new!

Now just imagine you buy the car and never change the oil, instead of gasoline you put alcohol, salt, saturated fats, limitless amounts of sugars, you never change the tires or add air filters, oil, brake fluid, bearings …

Instead of lasting 200,000 miles or more, the car would last 20,000 and would be completely ruined by the end.

Now, imagine ourselves, eating a considerable amount of unnecessary things, seldom observing our frugality, we may properly exercise at the gym, pushing ourselves to the maximum, working without rest, always breathing as someone who is ill (using only the upper part of the lungs) … On Sundays excessively drinking more and more beer and wine and still holding onto an illusion of advancing towards old age in good health together with our children and grandchildren. Isn’t a little bit of illusion not the same?

Stretching is one of the most powerful and enjoyable ways to keep us flexible and healthy. In just one session we can produce energy in our body, create mild detoxification, increase flexibility in major joints and create a state of weightlessness and strength. Yes, you read that correct, strength within the body and almost no other technique can do it.

Army of Robocops

And it is with some sadness that I see men and women with strong and well-sculpted bodies, in pairs, coming out of gyms and fitness centres, as if on a production line.

Why is it we hold a false idea that swollen muscles defined by weightlifting is healthy?

For me and many other professionals in our area, a strong and flexible body is healthy and does not need to be enlarged for this purpose. It can be well defined and yet flexible. Who says a simple increase in muscle size means he is healthy?

Professionals

There is a need for he who does, to know what he does, having been trained for this and not just someone who titles himself ” a stretching instructor.”

Unfortunately, errors in the exercises instead of promoting health produce problems in the joints, muscles, spine and later on to the brain by seriously affecting the sense of balance. If this is not stopped and corrected it could put the person in serious bad health and discomfort.

Benefits

Validate benefits and you weaken something that has more to offer than just immediate results.

We do not like to validate benefits, but as this word is almost a disease in modern times, let it …

If you do things the right way you will:

  • Increase energy in the body.
  • It will not eliminate stress, but will destroy it completely, because it will prevent it from returning.
  • By avoiding stress, you will eliminate a series of pains and diseases such as some ulcers.
  • Increase your body awareness.
  • Create a permanent state of health in the body.
  • You will feel lighter during your day to day.
  • Increased body awareness will help you avoid some bruising, tensions and among others torticollis.
  • Muscles prevent the consumption of energy that could be used at the end of the day on family activities, for yourself, your hobbies etc …
  • Relieve most back pain, shoulder, neck, arm and other tendinitis

Gustavo Cardoso