Handedness


There is no such thing as a truly ambidextrous person. We are all dominant on one side—referred to as handedness. This really makes all of my blather about building a balanced body rather moot. Try as we might we can’t actually have two truly equal sides.

This makes life very difficult, or at least a pain in the neck. I am a born lefty though my Uncle Joe from Hungary wanted my parents to break me of this heinous trait. He also wanted me to do pushups in the driveway and shake hands like a real man. Ah Uncle Joe.

The idea of handedness means that we are always tighter and stronger on one side and looser and weaker on the other. Both of these opposites have their positives and negatives. It is good to be strong but it is also important to be loose. Combining the two is the ultimate goal.

The interesting part for me is the need for these elements to meet in the middle. We would like to make our strong side a little looser and our weak side a little tighter. Emotionally, physically, spiritually—I love how it all relates to the center, to the middle, to the core.

The assignation of handedness has to do somewhat with right and left divisions of the brain but I found that as I developed my core and released my tight psoas, the ability to write with my right hand increased exponentially. In the picture above while you can clearly tell the difference between the writing with opposite hands, my right handwriting is now legible. The same can’t be sad for my daughter Ida who has some work to do. I have always said that I was going to make my kids learn to write with both their hands and their feet but I haven’t gotten around to cracking that whip yet.

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