The Mechanics Of Fascia
Biotensegrity is a conceptual approach emerging in the Bodywork and Movement arts and therapies. Based on the “Tensegrity Models” structural principals, Biotensegrity takes the concepts of “tensional integrity” or “floating compression” and applies them to the dynamic mechanics of living organisms. Biotensegrity offers a conceptual tool to aid the traditional bodywork methods and practices (yoga, pilates, girokinesis, etc) in the ongoing search for recognizing the wholeness of the human body. It puts emphasis in the understanding of Fascia, the fabric of the body that embroiders tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, brain, glands, organs. Is a way of thinking biomechanics that adds depths to your regular practice and techniques of choice; a conceptual expansive frame that opens new ideas and ways of exercising, using the concepts of “tension” and “compression” to create Space, Balance, Strength, Stability, Flexibility in the multidimensional fine system of our bodies.
Organic Structure of the Embrace
If Biotensegrity is a conceptual framework for the comprehension of the relationship between each part of an organism and the mechanics that integrate them into a complete functional unit, Tangotensegrity™ —a term coined by Miss Cruz— offers a conceptual framework for addressing the relationship of two bodies, two organisms articulated by the Embrace, and whose structure, mechanics and integral dynamics form a complete functional unit.
For Miss Cruz, every method, technique, study and practice, virtual or physical, individual or in pairs, of the Tango dance acquires its total meaning when it is approached in function of the Other, and therefore, of the structure of the Embrace. If we can condition the free movement of our body from an interaction with the very idea of the Other, we can then create the proper environment for an anatomical and biomechanical continuum of two bodies developing in space, both expressing themselves organically in their respective roles, in a geometric organization that is both flexible and stable.
Diana Cruz elaborates, for Tangotensegrity™, a series of assisted movements that place the body in motion always in relation to the Other -virtually or physically present-. To do this, she uses the complex grammatical structure of the Tango dance itself, the resource of imagery, visualization and body mapping, and the assistance of specific accessories common to various physical training methods, such as elastic resistance bands (Theraband), Yoga strap, Pilates Ring, Foam Roller, Soft Ball and Fitness Ball, etc.