At the start and end of a Systema Class we will nearly always do some, ‘soft ground movement’.
At the start of the session this gently warms up the body, checks the muscles and joints for brittleness and tension, fixes injuries, and resets it from a day of poor posture, stress and tension.
At the end of the class it allows you to gently recover, check yourself for any sore spots, massage out any hits or tensions and psychologically collect and relax yourself.
I covered this on the recent strikes and massage course in Melksham. It seems very simple and structureless on the surface, but as is often the case with Systema, there is a lot going on beneath the surface.
Here is a 4 minute video that explains in a sequential manner the different levels of ground work and some key things to look for:
- ‘Reaching’ into simple stretches to pull the ‘crinkles’ out of the body.
- Rolling over the muscles using gravity and bodyweight to gently massage them.
- Using random angles and directions in the stretches and movements to check the body.
- Getting the feeling of Systema.
- Gaining confidence in your movement.
- Using movement to relax yourself inside and out.
- Mixing in the pillars to check your strength to bodyweight ratio.
- Going through the whole range from standing to lying and using the action of going to ground and vice versa to release tension.
Ground movement is a great place to start getting the, ‘feeling’ of Systema.
Finding the feeling of Systema will be the focus in the upcoming Intensive Seminar at the Academy in Melksham on the 21-25 November 2018
The seminar is half full, so to secure your space click here.
My very best wishes for your training and health as always,