Legs are our base and our connection to the earth.
It wasn’t always like that though…
Lets take a trip back in time…
Imagine having 4 points of contact with the earth… hands and feet or better said front legs and back legs…
When on all fours, our hands are equally responsible for our movement as much as our legs
Our survival depends on moving fast and with efficiency–yes we did travel waaaay back!
For this reason the relationship between our arms and our ribcage iss strong, very strong..!
Time and time went by and we got on our two feet…well… that relationship changed….
It evolved to a connection that is a lot more flexible, allowing us to use our arms to communicate, to reach, to grab…and of course to hug!
What does all that have to do with Tango..?
It has nothing and everything to do with Tango..!
Tango is a very technical dance; and that can be a challenge or an opportunity..!
An opportunity to get to know your body inside out.
To learn how you can free up the upper body so fully hug a loved one.
Or how to chase your child down the street when they surprisingly take off after hearing the ice cream truck chiming by..!
But also on the dance floors, how to fully give in to your partner’s embrace without losing your axis and without tensing up
Practicing Tango and working on the lower body will give you stronger legs of course… but it will also allow you to free up your upper body–core and chest–which is tensing up to keep you balanced.
It is an opportunity for you to reach further, move freer and hug deeper..!
10min practice focusing on legs and balance
One last tip to help you out:
Focus on the connection between the lower and the upper body not though through muscle but through the bone structure.
Feel how your bones are built to move and avoid squeezing, pushing, pulling, pressing etc.
Muscle is level #1 lets grab the opportunity to experience our body on level #2 which is an experience of our bone structure.
Do you want more..?
If so you can check out our page: Argentine tango technique–don’t leave the gym yet
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