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    Hey Miss Shimmy, you've mentioned this callanetics several times, can you say more? Do you find it advantageous over the usual squats and such?
    for me and my experiance yes I do.

    Callanetics is a series of small, gentle, precise motions consistently applied that activate the body's largest most powerful muscles to quickly tighten hips, buttocks, inner and outer thighs; flatten the tummy; lift the bust and firm underarms and tone the entire body. It will also dramatically improve your posture. You will feel the difference after one hour and most people actually see a difference after two hours. By following the simple 60 minute Callanetics workout twice a week, the body you always dreamed about is only hours away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss_shimmy View Post
    for me and my experiance yes I do.

    Callanetics is a series of small, gentle, precise motions consistently applied that activate the body's largest most powerful muscles to quickly tighten hips, buttocks, inner and outer thighs; flatten the tummy; lift the bust and firm underarms and tone the entire body. It will also dramatically improve your posture. You will feel the difference after one hour and most people actually see a difference after two hours. By following the simple 60 minute Callanetics workout twice a week, the body you always dreamed about is only hours away.

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    Thanks Miss Shimmy - I'll google it up and check it out

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    I like Callanetics too. It was big in the late 80's/early 90's, post Jane Fonda and all that aerobics :eek:.
    Does amazing things for saggy bits with none of all that jumping up and down. I must dust off my old video and have another go...

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    Does amazing things for saggy bits with none of all that jumping up and down. I must dust off my old video and have another go...
    he he he,you are certainly right there...gone with the goosh!


    Thanks Miss Shimmy - I'll google it up and check it out
    good luck with that Gabi,I do 2 hours a week.

    tried the talc on the feet for dancing last night,was wonderful!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamil View Post
    nice posts ladies!
    thanx for that

    my tips that i had in mind were a little more simpler then those good tips just mentioned

    some good things i have learnt along the way:
    [LIST][*]when practicing with the cane, place a rubber elastic band at the bottom of it so that it does not slip out of your hand.
    -Jamil-
    Great tips -- question: w/ the cane - the elastic is good, works well. COuld someone explain how to hold the cane when doing the (great looking) move of whirling the cane in front of you in a figure 8 (Esp looks awesome when doing a back bend and whirling the cane above your chest, out in front of you). But how to hold it in your hand. regular twirling has a method to it for handling, this other twirl though, not sure whether to grab it (looks bad of course), or try between two fingers.....

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    Hi Ludmilla, the general way to hold the cane is the hook side pointing toward ceiling. Grasp the cane about 2 in from the bottom between the thumb and forefinger. Now stop. Before you actually start to twirl the cane...focus on your arms. In Saidi cane dances the opposite arm crosses over beneath the chest and the hand rests on your side under the twirling hand. The arm holding the cane is relaxed, the shoulder is down and there is very little tension in the arm, because the wrists will be doing the true twirling motion.
    Now back to twirling. Close your fingers lightly around the cane for support, like a veil do not grip it tightly. Loosen the fingers so the hook end of the cane falls forward in front of you, as this happens the wrist should follow the cane and your arm remains relaxed. Before the cane hits the floor,you will find that the cane will nestle in the crook of your thumb(the thumb will curl around it) for stability. Then twirl your wrist up and the cane will follow . As the cane returns to the original position allow the rest of your fingers to loosely grab the cane. This how I learned it, but if ny forum members know of a better technique, I'll be glad to hear your input. I hpoe this helps.
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    Hi again Ludmilla, for the figure 8 twirl, you would use the same handling method, but this time the arm will create a swooping arc in front of the body in a horizontal pattern(think infinity symbol).So instead of the hook side pointing toward the ceiling, the hook end will point to each side of the body. Like anything else it will take practice, so try doing it standing still before you try the backbend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludmilla View Post
    Great tips -- question: w/ the cane - the elastic is good, works well. COuld someone explain how to hold the cane when doing the (great looking) move of whirling the cane in front of you in a figure 8 (Esp looks awesome when doing a back bend and whirling the cane above your chest, out in front of you). But how to hold it in your hand. regular twirling has a method to it for handling, this other twirl though, not sure whether to grab it (looks bad of course), or try between two fingers.....
    hey Ludmilla,

    If you already sussed it, please ignore me but the trick that had me stumped for ages with this move is that you have to hold the stick the other way up from how you would normally twirl it: so if you're holding your arm out in front of you, the stick points down towards the ground. When I first tried it I was trying to contort my wrists in impossible directions!

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    Hi Yasmine and Elle21!! Yasmine - thanks for explaining very clearly! This really helps, and Elle, too.

    Yasmine - as far as for the Fig 8 move (in front of you) -- try as I might, I end up wanting to (maybe from reflexes, or fear it will fly out of my hand) grab it like a fishing pole or like a conductor holding a baton...... I can do it swimmingly if I have it where the end of the cane is sitting couched right in the palm of my hand, or, if I hold the entire lowest 4 inches of the cane (as a fist closing around that bottom end of the cane) - but I feel none of these are close to what you are explaining. The 'regular twirl' between thumb and forefinger, in crook of thumb makes perfect sense, is secure, and twirls freely. Again, for this fig 8/twirl move, are the rest of the fingers really not supposed to close around the cane? (If they do, it's fairly easy, rotating the wrist, but I feel there must be a graceful way that is correct for this). And when I do that my entire hand can be seen directing the cane (hardly a very accomplished looking move at that point, then)
    Or, are you saying that the motion is in the arm creating the figure 8 shape rather than by twirling the cane w/ the wrist motion to create the figure 8....? And if the motion is created by the arm, then yes, it would make sense that the cane can be held in the same 'rather loose' thumb/forefinger method as usually.... again......
    However, it is starting to really make sense, where you say "down" -- that is, w/ my thumb (of my right hand) nearest to me, where cane can be held w/ the thumb/forefinger, similar to the 'normal' method of holding it, just 'reversed', and then using the lower arm (forearm) to create the motion (it's more a forearm motion than wrist, to create the fig 8...)? Is that more the right idea? This sounds funny, but creating the fig 8 that way, (part wrist and forearm motion, fingers remain pretty still, just loose enough to allow the cane to swerve...) reminds me so much of a drum majorette twirling a baton, that look..... But it seems fairly smooth looking and feeling, so if that's it, great. Yasmine, is that it, or not yet...?
    -- Ludy -
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    Hi Ludmilla, Yay! Yes by George,I've think you've got it!(insert British accent)
    The figure 8 twirl is directed more by the arm than the wrists.And again you are right, the position of the cane in your hand remains the same as for regular twirling. And you are right again, where your fear of losing the cane /reflexes will cause you to grab it tightly thereby losing the 'flow" of movement.
    Do you know how long I practiced that move? But I kept practicing until the movement becomes second nature. Next time ask your teacher to watch and give you pointers, as this is hard to do in front of a mirror. additional resources.www.nourhansharif.com and her husband Yousry have an excellent video re:Saidi technique. And www.ketisharif.com(not related) has useful pictures posted on her website re:cane and Saidi technique.
    Happy Twirling
    Yasmine
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