Acquiring internal energy first before your proficiency can be upgraded
So, what is internal energy?
First off, it is not brute strength. Rather, it is a vigor that emits through your external form from within. It can also be said that it is qi born from an aligned body structure paired to your breathing as well as your intent. Slow and deep breathing will help you to increase your body awareness or proprioception (perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body.) When your proprioception or sense of body awareness has increased sufficiently, then you could progress to the important part – moving the entire body structure as a whole unit.
The Spiral Line, Myers, Thomas W. (2011). Anatomy Trains. London: Urban & Fischer.
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When you have a degree of mastery over minute movements in your body, you will be able to target the fascia or connective tissues in the whole body. By focusing on puffing out yourself like a balloon and stretching out the skin each of your joints, you will be able to access the connective webbing just under the skin. and connective tissues that are located just under the skin. Imagine that your skin is a stretchable body suit you wear or that you are a human balloon. By continually stretching outwards and lengthening out, you will begin to develop control over your fascia as one of your most important sources of power. This is the main reason why all schools of Tai Chi require us to relax, or to “open or unblock the meridians” so to speak. In other words, we have to think about stretching out our fascia webbing all throughout, grounding, then releasing tension in order to gain access to our powerful fascial lines.
In Fascia :
“When one part moves, the body as a whole responds . Functionally , the only tissue that can mediate such responsiveness is the connective tissue.”
Tai Chi Classics: :
“When one part moves, all parts move; the whole body responds”