PHILOSOPHY

Harry considers it his vocation to help you recognise the potential within yourself, be it mental, physical or otherwise.

His unique approach to coaching is based around key principles of awareness, control and play. He believes that: awareness aids increase of control, sustained control increases awareness, and play is vital for overall health.

Play
Learning a new skill doesn’t have to a boring process. It can be fun! Harry is very keen for skills to be learnt through play, and along with other dynamic movement professionals, he has developed a variety of games and exercises to embody playful acquisition of functional skills.
The majority of the games are useful lessons in themselves, as well serving as great warm-up drills and ice breakers for large groups. The beauty of learning through play is that you’re enjoying yourself the whole time. Boredom doesn’t have a chance to set in and after just one game you will have learnt something new, often without even realising it!

“Play is such an ideal state of mind for creativity and learning, because the mind is focused on means. Since the ends are understood as secondary, fear of failure is absent and {slackliners} feel free to incorporate new sources of information and to experiment with new ways of doing things.”

The following is taken from Mark’s Daily Apple – it’s a great account of the anatomy of Play:

“…Playing is the best way to teach yourself to enjoy the moment and detach yourself from the outcome, for by its clinical, scientific, objective definition:

Play is purposeless. There is no goal in mind, no destination. There is only the experience of the moment. Otters don’t play to improve their chance at surviving predators or procuring food (in fact, their playing might actually have survival costs in the short-term); children don’t climb jungle gyms and hang upside down from monkey bars to improve their grip and get sweet abs. They do these things because they’re fun. Any tangible benefits are extra.

Play is all-consuming. Real, honest (not half-hearted) play demands your full attention. You’re not thinking about work or bills or what you’re gonna make for dinner that night. You’re fully immersed in the moment. Your only concern lies in getting that ball in that hoop, or getting around your defender, or reading the defense, or figuring out how to get the other guy’s rook without leaving your bishop open to attack. And quickly – just like that! – the situation changes, and your focus along with it. But it always remains honed in on the present moment.

Beyond it being, well, fun, there are practical reasons for incorporating play into your fitness.

You’ll be more active. Humans are ultimately hedonists, and a hedonist is more likely to do a thing that feels good. If exercise is fun and “feels good,” if the “journey” itself compels you, you’re going to end up fitter and more active.

Your training will be more effective. By focusing on the moment – on what your body is actually doing – you will enjoy more powerful and precise neuromuscular engagement. Quite literally, thinking specifically about the movements you’re performing will make those movements more focused, powerful, and effective.”

We learn about our limits through play” – which is why Harry feels it to be such a vital component when learning a new skill. By learning about our limits, we can proceed to transcend them.

Learning to slackline presents many challenges that you have to overcome in order to progress. Conquering them gives you confidence in your ability, and Harry can guarantee that this confidence carries over in to your every day life. What you learn about yourself on a slackline is so valuable. Whatever your day-to-day demands are, knowing what you can handle is priceless. Slacklining will show you that you can accomplish more than you thought possible, with just a little effort and some of Harry’s guidance. The confidence that he has seen arise in his students has benefited them as much off of the line as when they are balancing on it.

 

Control
From studying Authentic Pilates to help rehabilitate his back injury, he gained a greater understanding of what it is to be really in control of the body’s musculature. He has transferred this high level of control to the slackline, using it as a tool to increase bodily awareness and develop high levels of proprioception. The slackline provides an added challenge in that it creates a dynamic, unstable and sometimes unpredictable environment within which to work, demanding a constant effort, testing your stability and yielding high levels of satisfaction.

Awareness
Developing control of the muscles results in an increased awareness of how to use them most efficiently. With awareness of musculature, comes awareness of the whole body. This exponentially increases what you are able to do on the slackline. It also greatly reduces the chances of injury, as you are constantly mindful of what you are doing both on and off the line.

Essentially there are two ways to balance on a slackline;

1. By relaxing the body and reacting to external stimuli from the slackline (reactive)

2. By proactive muscle activation to control the body’s balance and behaviour of the line.

Both methods combine when you are slacklining, more so in the beginning stages. As you progress and skill level increases, the second method of being proactive is employed to generate complete control of you and the slackline – vital when you are highlining!

Harry teaches both methods, as each have a vital part to play in being able to get the most out of slacklining.

By teaching the importance of correct technique and muscular control on the line, good habits will begin to form. The varied benefits whilst slacklining carry over in to everyday life. Large increases in core stability and functional strength, improved posture, refined muscle tone, acute spatial awareness, prolonged levels of continuous focus and refined economy of movement will all permeate their way in to your everyday activities, hopefully with you noticing!

To book a session or workshop with Harry, contact him here.

 

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