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  • Noa Kageyama

    November 22, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Ah, this is a toughie. Though this is triggered by a mental process, I think what makes the claw challenging, is that much of this is actually also a physical issue. In that you have to work through developing trust in your ability to operate your bow fluidly, and experience this feeling of playing less “in control” under pressure. Sort of like riding a roller coaster totally relaxed and waving your hands in the air and releasing tension from your body trusting that you won’t go flying off into the air vs. grimacing and scrunching up your body and holding onto everything around you with a deathgrip (which, unfortunately, is how I do roller coasters).

    Have you ever experimented with Alexander technique training or Feldenkrais? As a way of gaining more awareness, control, and trust in the practice room, and then gradually adding pressure into the mix, testing your ability to exercise greater control and release as the pressure increases?

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