I’ve fallen and I can’t get up

Arm Wrasslin'
Art or Nightmare?

Over-coming Clumsiness
Physical dexterity for people who thought is was impossible
Chandler and Eisen
1986

I think this is one of the oddest books I have seen lately.  I don’t even know how I found it in the catalog.  (Clumsy is hardly a common keyword search) The title and and the back jacket don’t do this title justice.  It is a combination of Tai Chi and the power of positive thinking.  What did concern me is that clumsiness is also a possible medical symptom and yet this book does nothing to address this issue.  (The owning library at least located this in 152’s and not in health.)  The average patron though, might not make a distinction with the Dewey numbers.

I have included the back cover and some interior pages.  Enjoy the fun and try not to fall down…

Mary

  1. Masks are good for overcoming embarrassment. I thought it was the other way around – people hide behind masks because they’re embarrassed. I guess I was wrong. Oh, I’m embarrassed!

  2. 1- That guy has too much chest hair to be unbuttoning his shirt.
    2- I’m super clumsy, but I don’t think repeating affirmations and wearing masks is going to fix it.
    3- This kind of reads like an actor exercises book, but funnier.

  3. I’m ashamed to say I wasn’t immediately taken by the model’s amazing rubber face or perfect replication of the “pee dance” on page 21. Instead I noticed that positively epic chest hair.

  4. As a former klutz whose friends famously proclaimed the only person they knew able to trip over the cord of a cordless phone, I have to say that several years of regularly working with mind-body disciplines (in my case, Pilates and yoga) helped a lot in decreasing my clumsiness, to the point where people I’ve met recently do not think “klutz” or “clumsy” if asked to choose 5 words to describe me. That said, at no point in my journey from clumsy to competent at walking down the street without falling over have I had to resort to distoring my face, wearing masks, or forgiving my parents for being ignorant (about clumsiness?).

  5. For a brief moment, I thought there was hope for me, the clumsiest person I know. However, the masks have scared me so much I’m going to hide under my desk (after stubbing my toe on it) until tomorrow’s book comes out.

  6. I tried the facial exercise while sitting in my office. I was terrified that someone would come in and catch me at it. That would be more embarrassing than the fact that the floors in the hallways around here maliciously develop bumps in them when I walk by, just to trip me. It’s not me that’s the klutz, it’s just that the inanimate world is out to get me!

  7. Like Anne-with-an-e, I am a Recovering Clutz, and it was yoga that did the trick. If I catch myself smashing into things, then I’m rushing & not in the moment. Slowing down will fix it. Forgiving myself for my sins hasn’t come up yet.

    Apparently it helped the authour too; isn’t that a yoga pose (Tree) the Tai Chi instructor is doing in his dust-jacket pick? And Lion face (the kneeling pose with “nothing to prove”)?

  8. Oh! I had a movement for actors class with this man! Really, I did.

    The book does come across as silly, but his class was amazing. Tai Chi and stage combat are a great combination, and he used them to help us find our centers and work through whatever was getting in the way of our work. On stage or in the library, confidence and a strong center are helpful.

    He’s also incredibly nice.

  9. p. 72 = Monday morning; p. 19L, Thursday afternoon; p. 19R, Friday, 3PM! And p. 91 is dreaming about Monday on Sunday night!
    Not sure about p. 21–maybe the principal just walked in and I had to my “everything’s hunky-dory” mask on! Definitely ambivalent!