What Is A Walk-A-Bit? What Does It Do?
During our sessions, at times, I ask my clients to “go for a walk”. This usually comes after an exercise, whether it’s a strong one or a light fluid movement one the WalkABit is like a reset for the body and mind, after which we resume training.
As opposed to walking meditation, we do not put a specific focus on the walking itself. Walking meditation is a component of our training but it’s not Walk-A-Bit.
You know when you think about something really intense? When you focus really hard to get something done and do it properly? And sometimes the harder you try the less it works, you simply cannot do it. Or you do it but it exhausts you, the mental effort required when focusing on one thing for a while.
Well that happens in my coaching, there is a lot of focus needed as my coaching involved very technical elements. So a WalkaBit is the perfect way to reset so my clients can give another try. It’s like clicking refresh on this page.
When your computer has glitches, sometimes all you need to do is switch it off and back on. That’s the Walk-A-Bit.
So how do you do Walk-A-Bit?
It’s simple, yet complex. It requires total relaxation of the upper limbs and maximum relaxation of the lower limbs without losing form, without losing posture.
If you think it’s easy think again. Nowadays we are so closed up in our bodies that letting go, relaxing is almost impossible. Making the difference between tension and stress and relaxation is essential in my coaching.
Walk-A-Bit means walking normal, not slow, not fast, just normal.
Walk-A-Bit is just walking. Walking to reset joints, muscles, ligaments, to re-align the body.
Walk-A-Bit means letting go. Letting go of the arms from the shoulder, letting them go floppy as if they don’t belong to your body anymore.
Walk-A-Bit means feeling the grass underneath your feet, or even the mud, the earth, the carpet, whatever is there under your feet. Walk-A-Bit is best done barefoot
Walk-A-Bit is about resetting the body.
You don’t focus on anything in particular though. In walking meditation the focus is on walking and feeling the ground, feeling how you pick up your feet off the floor and so on.
Walk-A-Bit is just walking, without a focus, walking to bring the body to it’s natural stance and state.
There you have it, the Walk-A-Bit as part of The Merisoiu Technique.