I agree. I see that line of thinking in many areas of life, "XYZ did it the hard/wrong/bad/dangerous/sloppy/inefficient way and he was the GREATEST!". My response, which is usually ignored or not understood is simply, "And how much better would he have been if he had done it the easy/right/good/safe/graceful/efficient way?"... "XYZ star drummer had piss-poor posture" is total bunk. So what? Poor posture is a barrier to peak physical performance. Period. That those guys can/could play like that with poor posture is irrelevant.
I recall reading that in some AAFA literature and the point was that structurally men might be prone to lower back pain after a Pilates session. If there is discomfort it is probably a good idea to avoid certain techniques. Why men and not women? Hip structure. Do male and female hips differ? Yes they do. Perhaps pads or pillows or whatever can change the angles a bit and reduce the stress.Sigh
GeoB I am not sure where you got your opinions on Pilates not being for the male skeleton...is it because women predominately do these classes ? Or is there some evidence based information to back that up. If its women mostly do pilates then Thai Chi is out because Larry is not Hahn Chinese.
I'm still looking for one in my area, following your advice :/ However, I live in a bit of a black hole so I may have to widen my search.Posture is very important Larry. After I started having Alexander Technique lessons my posture improved dramatically thus my playing. I would urge you to find an Alexander Technique teacher and have some lessons. Mine was specialized in musicians so she corrected my posture directly on the drum kit
Seems like everything is being over-complicated. Can't I just gently thrust my lower back forward when I play and re-balance around that? I mean it's just sitting up straight, right?
See, there you go again. If they take huge portions of (your) paychecks that means you're not rich. If you were rich, they'd take a smaller proportion. Ergo, you are a lazy "taker" and don't count. Besides, if they used that money to help the average citizen with health care they wouldn't have enough money to buy stealth bombers or nuclear missile subs or deploy nuclear aircraft carrier fleets. Why? Just so that you don't go bankrupt because your kid gets cancer? Get your priorities straight son, after all, defense contractors' gotta make a profit this quarter.There's no excuse. A government that takes huge portions of my paychecks should have a responsibility to help me back when I get sick. I don't see how anything else makes sense. Becoming ill shouldn't have to ruin people financially.
I think if the two of us talked for long enough, there would be enough sarcasm to choke a hipster.Are you following the logic now? /sarcasm.
I really do. There's no excuse. A government that takes huge portions of my paychecks should have a responsibility to help me back when I get sick. I don't see how anything else makes sense. Becoming ill shouldn't have to ruin people financially.You guys want to borrow our NHS?
If only the USA was smart enough to look around the world, examine each country's version of national health care and pick the best parts of each that would work for us. But no.You guys want to borrow our NHS?
Right. But the very rich are not at a disadvantage. Therefore the system works just fine. For them. That's really all that matters. The poor are not rich because they're lazy. Therefore they don't matter. And the rich matter because they're rich, and they're rich because they're the bestest and harderest working people out there.Excuse my incompetency and inaccuracy. The system is only broken for those who are at a disadvantage to start with.......
Well, that's not entirely true. It works quite well if you have a good health plan or are very rich. Unfortunately, the former are getting more and more scarce. I always shake my head when I see/read the local news (in pretty much any city) with an announcement of a fundraiser for so-and-so who needs money for their kid's surgery or their cancer treatment or whatever. It's great that so many people are willing to pitch in to help someone else but I can't help but think that a truly civilized society would have structures in place to prevent this sort of need from happening in the first place.
You guys want to borrow our NHS?Oh, well. Excuse my incompetency and inaccuracy. The system is only broken for those who are at a disadvantage to start with.......
On a related note, outside of government, or public service health packages,(and of course med field personnel) I haven't seen any of these "good health plans" you reference since a bit before obamacare started to loom. They cost more and cover less; it's almost like they're assuming we're all in the aforementioned "very rich" category and we can supplement our care at will.
I'm not sure if Pilates is ideally suited for male skeletal structure and Alexander Technique is very difficult to obtain information on. Yoga is okay but there is a degree of contortion involved and many will have to make necessary adjustments. Tai Chi might be one of the better options as rather than poses the stress in on movement, which is at the core of kit based drumming.ABSOLUTELY NOT !! This is the problem with non professional advice... these exercises wont touch your Transversus Abdominus etc
If you cant afford a physio at least get relevent information on core strength excercises.
Here is one such link to Princeton Uni http://www.princeton.edu/uhs/pdfs/Lumbar.pdf
Another way developing postural awareness is join a pilates, feldenkreis, alexander tecnigue or yoga class.
Please DONT do folksy excercises, or this helped my granny stuff. Sorry Wally but Ive seen so much damage done by non professional advice. At best it wont fix the problem, at worst it can do just that...make things worse.....
ABSOLUTELY NOT !! This is the problem with non professional advice... these exercises wont touch your Transversus Abdominus etcJust do squats and deadlifts.
Oh, well. Excuse my incompetency and inaccuracy. The system is only broken for those who are at a disadvantage to start with.......Well, that's not entirely true. It works quite well if you have a good health plan or are very rich.
My new Mantra has arrived... thanks BR!Think of your body as a parabolic dish and the energy emanates from it.