Ballroom Dancing, Spirituality, and...
"Walking is Man's Best Medicine" & "Natural Forces Within Us are the True Healers of Disease"
Hippocrates, Father of the Modern Medicine 460BC- 377 BC
It is such a blessing to have this physical body to remind us every moment of the Divine gift we have been given. Our body is created and designed to have natural healing abilities. The Immune System we have is not a coincidence. It is part of our natural physical make up and design.
However, through the external environment and conditioning with improper food intake, visual reception and other factors, many modern human beings have suffered from physical ailments. No one in any age group is immune or invincible to diseases.
Many healing modalities have been introduced before our time -whether it be ancient medicine such as Acupuncture, Reflexology, Herbal Concoction or Alternative Energy Medicine. Nowadays, we have Western remedies that can be as toxic to our health as healing.
Thus we bring back the fundamentals. How can we restore the Natural Healing System of this physical body with the most intricate design to heal itself?
We are designed to Walk, Eat and Rest. What if we could take every step in our daily life to bring about total healing, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally? Proper Diet and Rest, of course, would be part of the package, but there is a secret that most people are not aware of and that is embedded in our Walking!
Secrets of Natural Walking™ is a healing modality, founded by Irmansyah Effendi of the Natural Way of Living. This modality enables us to take each step and allow the natural adjustments in our body to take place to re-activate and rejuvenate our body to bring about total well being.
The basis of the Secrets of Natural Walking (SONW) is quite simple. We have energy meridians throughout our body and reflexology zones on the soles of our feet that can be stimulated and connects to our entire physical body. When we have negativity accumulated from emotions, stress, improper diet or rest, etc., our body's system will end up having blockages. The proper flow of energy as well as blood circulation, proper gland functioning, etc., will be disrupted, thus resulting in physical ailments.
SONW is comprised of 6 Keys to 1 single step of Walking. Each key when executed properly, allows for reflexology zone & meridians stimulation and natural adjustment to our skeletal structure as well as internal organs. During the adjustments, toxins and blockages will be cleansed and removed with natural healing energy in our own body through Meridians, Reflexology Zones, Nadi, and our Chakras, some of the non-physical structures which are embedded in our body.
The true secret of SONW is that it is NOT a man made skill. But the proper of way of Walking is only known to our Inner Spiritual Heart. It is as physical healing modality as it is spiritual. Unlike Walking meditation or other forms of Walking Modality, this form of practice is purely Heart Based vs. Mind Base. It focuses on the feeling and connection to our internal Higher Consciousness vs. mind focus which is limited as it's still controlled by our human brain.
Since its formal introduction in January 2014, over 200 instructors have been trained and certified globally, and thousands of participants have attended and reaped the benefits of SONW in over 16 countries globally.
Many of the phenomenal testimonials can be viewed at http://www.natural-walking.com
Some of the Before & After photos can be seen below.
My own testimonial was that I suffered from digestive system disorders on and off for a few years. Between July & October, the symptoms got heightened that I sought medical help. Doctors ordered blood tests and ultrasound exams. I even went as far as being on a complete strict diet following a low FODMAP diet. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FODMAP)
Blood tests showed abnormality in many areas, including blood count, liver enzymes, etc., but nothing was conclusive. Diet didn't seem to help either.
I practiced SONW daily diligently for 1.5 hours for 2 months. By December 2014, my blood test results returned to normal and my digestive system symptoms disappeared. In January 2015, I decided to become a certified SONW teacher to share this modality that restored my health.
SONW has become main stream in Indonesia. Below is a small testimonial clip from a recent TV interview of our founder Irmansyah and 2 participants:
Some highlights of testimonials from SONW workshop participants include:
Profile: 48 year old diabetic and suffered stroke 5 years ago, receiving 2x/day insulin injection + different therapies
Results from SONW:
Practiced SONW for 1 week full for 45 mins
Blood sugar level improved.
Practiced SONW 1.5 hours daily for 2 months
doctor announced that can stop injecting insulin. "
Profile: 9 years old spinal injury with a disc dislocation, wearing a metal brace for a year and for 8 years couldn’t lay flat on the back. Constantly in pain when lying down.
Results from SONW:
During the workshop, a shift took place in the spinal disc and just after 3 weeks of daily practice, the dislocated spine was back in place, and the pain disappeared. "
Profile: Mid 60's with high blood pressure. Doctor advised to go on medication.
Results from SONW:
2 months of daily 45 minutes practice, blood pressure returned to normal, never went on medication"
Before & After Photos of what SONW can do for our body's posture and flexibility:
Wun Hun Moi (Singapore) 85
Pat (Australia) - After 6 months of practice
more hunchback re-alignment testimonials are at:
Laura Fan SONW Instructor San Francisco Bay Area
Before photo was taken in 2007 during her peak condition as a Yoga instructor
After photo taken in 2015 after a long break in Yoga practice 2008-2014. When resuming Yoga practice, the after photo was taken with SONW's supplement to improve flexibility.
Blackpool is here. Thanks to DSI London, there has been free live stream of 2nd round of most events. I watched the Under 21 Standard early round (click on the image and you should be able to view the entire round with many heats) and was very impressed. China consistently produced quality couples. It's hard to believe what I was seeing as many couples exhibited maturity of the Amateurs. This was most evident in the Waltz & Foxtrot. Lots of nice swing with dynamic fluid dancing. Some young couples have good musicality. Movement is beautiful & especially smooth in the Slow Foxtrot. The future is looking very good for International Standard. I was originally concerned as most amateurs competed only in WDSF events. But watching Blackpool restored my faith that no matter what politics are at play, the dancing continues to develop. Talented couples are being developed properly. Very good news :)
We've spent probably more than 25% of our lives in walking. Do you know that every step we take has a significant impact on our whole physical being?
On the spiritual side, practicing SONW will help you let go more of your holding. Your breathing will be more free and your mind more calm. There is a deeper spiritual connection to the Divine as well.
Love & Light
Time flies when we're having fun! Very grateful for an eventful 2014. Looking forward to a joyful 2015 and wishing everyone happiness, health and prosperity.
Dance development has been very interesting in the past few years. Truly wonder what's going to be in the bag for 2015 :) New Professional partnerships in the WDC end & I look forward to them - Domen Krapez & Natasha Karabey, Valerio Colantoni & Monica Nigro!
Enjoy my Christmas tribute to the past legends & current rising stars - it was quite a chore to find these stars' performance with the appropriate Xmas theme costumes :)
I've picked some of my favorite Foxtrot performances from the recent 10 years to share. The trends are so different. The latest one from the top rank amateur couple Evaldas & Ieva as I could see, is still in development. I don't know how Slow Fox will end up looking like in the next few years, but for sure, it is definitely not the same old Slow Fox as we have come to know it.
I view the current Slow Fox being evolved from the traditional harmonized partner ballroom dancing which emphasized swing action and smooth movement to a more modern lyrical expression that emphasizes body fluidity with exaggerated and dynamic shapes and individuality in a couple. As any trained eyes could tell, a lot of the classical pure swing action is missing from the current Slow Fox dancing, despite the extensive movement.
Let's take a stride down the memory lane of this evolution.
Luca & Loraine (Barry) Baricchi have held the reign of the arguably the most smooth, jazzy and harmonized partnership in Slow Foxtrot.
Mirko Gozzoli & Edita Daniute have developed something entirely different with each became a star of his/her own.
Now the students of Mirko/Edita & Fabio, Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaiti have taken this development even further. The body abilities of these two are probably the best so far in the dancesport world. They have much softer exaggerated shapes with very soft legs. I actually preferred their dancing 5 months ago to the recent performance but I trust that they're exploring this new trend & trying to stretch this big shape & unconventional choreography to the extreme and see where it would lead to.
So here're the few performance clips of these wonderful legendary (or to be legendary) couples:
Luca & Loraine
Mirko & Edita
Evaldas & Ieva (5 months ago)
Evaldas & Ieva (1 month ago)