Baby’s Power without Force

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[cs_content][cs_element_section _id=”1″ ][cs_element_row _id=”2″ ][cs_element_column _id=”3″ ][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]A baby demonstrating Power without Force. A really wonderful example that amplifies the validity of our studio’s “Power without Force” concept.
Let me tell you the story…

Next to the Bodyhood Studio is a Spanish restaurant called Toma Tu Tiempo, owned by a kind lady by the name of Lucia, who recently gave birth to a baby boy.
Last week, on a nice autumn day, I saw Lucia standing outside her restaurant with her little baby boy in her arms. Since I am affectionate towards kids, I went to her to say hello. Lucia apologetically said that the baby was tired, which I had also noticed. Nevertheless, I did not let this deter me from experiencing yet another infantile joy.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” style=”text-transform:none!important;padding-bottom:10px;”]Strong Baby’s Grip [/x_custom_headline][x_image type=”none” src=”https://bodyhood.christopherrapp.at/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/baby-griff2_web.jpg” alt=”pilates power concept body mind awareness training” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]Exuberantly I extended my index finger to the baby, and he spontaneously and reflexively grabbed it with his left hand. The squeeze of his hand felt steady, decisive and confident.
I exclaimed to Lucia, “What a strong grip!”. Lucia smiled proudly as most mothers would.

A few minutes later I remembered that I had a private Pilates class in 3 mins. Reluctantly, I proceeded to detached my index finger from the baby’s hand, but to my utter surprise I couldn’t. Not because I did not want to but because he would not let me go. His grip on my finger was so strong, I just could not detach myself the way I would normally do with a grown-up. I tried a bit harder but I still couldn’t. Even when Lucia started to move, her baby’s hand did not loosen its grip. I surprisingly and exuberantly commented, “Lucia, this is amazing! I can’t detach my finger from your baby’s hand. Can you believe this?”

The baby was unmoved, and in its composed state of half sleep, he effortlessly and forcelessly kept my finger to himself. It was only when Lucia made some baby talk to distract him, that he was willing let go.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” style=”text-transform:none!important;padding-bottom:10px;”]Grown-ups’ Effort vs. Baby’s Effortlessness
[/x_custom_headline][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]In the evening of that day I shared this story with my Pilates mat group class, and did following experiment with them: I extended my index finger to one of the 8 participants and asked her to hold on to my finger as I previously did with Lucia’s baby. I then asked her to keep holding on to my finger as I attempted to pull my finger away from her hand. I took great care to apply the same pulling effort in the same intensity as I did with Lucia’s baby.[/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]

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[/cs_text][/cs_element_column][/cs_element_row][cs_element_row _id=”18″ ][cs_element_column _id=”19″ ][x_image type=”none” src=”https://bodyhood.christopherrapp.at/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/adult-griff3_web.jpg” alt=”pilates power concept body mind awareness training” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/cs_element_column][cs_element_column _id=”21″ ][x_image type=”none” src=”https://bodyhood.christopherrapp.at/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/baby-griff3_web.jpg” alt=”pilates power concept body mind awareness training” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/cs_element_column][/cs_element_row][cs_element_row _id=”27″ ][cs_element_column _id=”28″ ][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]My Pilates group student, however, reacted quite differently; she cringed her face, internally rotated her shoulder, stopped breathing and poked her neck out as she tried to resist me from pulling her off balance. Yet she went off balance. I continued this experiment with 3 more students with same and similar reactions.

Now that is interesting, isn’t it? How come that we, grown-ups, put so much effort in a task and still fail when a baby manages to do it apparently effortlessly?

How is this possible? Lucia’s baby is six months old. He has certainly never done Pilates or trained in a fitness studio. So, how is he able to resist the pull of my finger with such effortlessness?[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” style=”text-transform:none!important;padding-bottom:10px;”]Babies ‘Just do it’[/x_custom_headline][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]Studying the body and the forces we put on it for decades now, I can tell you that he was able to do so because of a power that is driven by phylogenetic reflexive intelligence, instead of a force that is driven by self will. Here, at the Bodyhood studio we call this power “Power without Force”.

And the baby exemplifies this “Power without Force” wonderfully because it just grips. It grips mono-intentionally whereas we, grown-ups, “think” of gripping multi-intentionally due to self and societal conditioning.

So, do we lose our phylogenetic intelligence while growing up? I would not necessarily say that we lose it but rather that we forget about it because our phylogenetic intelligence is being overwritten by self and societal programming. And this, unfortunately, increases the Force in our training and not “Power without Force”. But, luckily, we can re-train and reclaim our phylogenetic intelligence;)[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” style=”text-transform:none!important;padding-bottom:10px;”]Reclaim ‘Just’ do it'[/x_custom_headline][x_image type=”none” src=”https://bodyhood.christopherrapp.at/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/baby-griff1_web.jpg” alt=”pilates power concept body mind awareness training” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]

To get to “Power without Force” we do not need more muscles because even though our muscles certainly are the conduit to transmit our power, they are not the source of our power.

Think back about Lucia’s baby’s steady grip on my finger. The source of its power certainly did not come from baby boy’s muscles but from the baby’s ability to release before he increased his grip, and to let go before he moved. And this, ladies and gents, is the foundation of the Bodyhood Pilates’ “Power without Force“ concept – presented to us by a baby. Isnt’t that amazing?

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Let go before you do!

[/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]We are curious about what you think about our post today. How did you like it? Have you experienced this effortless baby power when playing with babies?
And how about you? When did you lately experience this powerful effortlessness yourself?

We love to hear from you! And if you find our post useful and would like to share it with someone, we’d be forever grateful!
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