Now that you have a clear idea of how you function, we'll take our knowledge to the ice. Unique 'movement puzzles' will present skills such as gliding, where to push on the blade, and how to create clean edges. Developed specifically to introduce new movement patterns , the exercises show how to apply your off-ice learning. At the end of this hour, you will be using your blades with your skeleton in ways you’ve never before imagined.
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Your GravityGlide(R) experience begins off-ice. We begin by clarifying how your skeleton functions in gravity. Balance requires the creation of a consistent vertical axis using the skeleton. We’ll describe how to use the spine, the shoulder girdle, and the pelvis / hip joint to create ideal balance. The concept of placing your weight on the blade precisely based on function (for example gliding) will be introduced.
Continuing our off-ice work, we’ll explore common movement patterns and identify how they differ from skating patterns. You'll have your first exposure to the concept of neuroplasticity and how to use it to change your movement patterns. The art of rewiring your brain to create the movement you need will be clearly defined. How do you walk? How do you turn? What normal movement patterns apply to skating?
GravityGlide(R) Workshops for Adult Skaters
Skaters will spend an intense and enjoyable 4 hours on- and off-ice. Here’s a typical day.
What to Bring
Comfortable athletic clothing (layers are recommended), water
Your skating gear (including skates and any protective equipment you usually use)
The final hour of GravityGlide(R) builds upon all that went before. This hour is the capstone that combines your knowledge of anatomy (the first hour), your personal movement patterns (the second hour), and your first experience of the on-ice movement puzzles (the third hour). This hour addresses more complicated skills using your new understanding of balance and blade use. Mastering this material will launch your skating to the next level!