The initial feedback from the people who attended my workshops were all positive but it is a tell tale sign of any presenter or deliverer as to the wonder will any of those people actually use the information and how will you ever know??? I was pleasantly surprised to see an email arrive in my inbox to thank me and say it was an inspiring workshop and one where the exercises she hoped to implement into some of her warm ups. For me, this was the icing on the cake! If I have managed to allow someone to reflect on their own practice and for them to take the time to write to me then as a deliverer I have made an impact (however big or small it was).
My previous post about RSI was left, where I was looking into ways to combat stress, not overworking myself and keeping calm. Research has proven how stress, posture alongside repeatingly doing a movement can lead to RSI. So how to create a positive environment. In my current day job, this is quite often a challenge. So during this week (considering it is only midweek) I have been trying to look at how my body language affects to a conversation and in the end create a positive environment. I have been apart of two conversation this week that stick to my mind. The first was a conversation where two people were both trying to put their point of view across and effectively the conversation was circling and no solutions were being come to. As I sat and listened but yet could not use words to add or try to stop them from spiralling... I pondered what to do. As time went on you could see the tensions rising, voices began to get raised. I did the only thing I could do, I took a small step away. This interestingly had a very positive effect, perhaps by chance the conversation stopped spiralling and came to a conclusion. When I found myself in a similar situation on a different day, I altered my posture and took a small step back much sooner into the conversation and low and behold it had a similar effect.
My conclusion... body language can be used very cleverly if thought about. Speaking with other professionals in the areas of alternative treatments such as raiki, tai chi etc.. they all believe in the energy of the body. I revert back to the analogy... if you smile at someone they can not help but smile back. So in my attempt to combat stress, create positive environments... I smile more, stand tall and try and oouse my positivity to those around me.
Does it work for you? Have a think if you end up in similar positions to me and see what affect your body language has. Then going back to RSI... to avoid it ... it is all about changing your life habits in all areas of life not just in how you perform the movements within your sport.