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David Fox gave the first talk, on the history of contortion, from the
Pharaohs to the internet. Then Phil Lancaster, the noted trainer from
England, talked about his experience and philosophy of training in
contortion. I was particulary pleased to meet Phil, because I'd had
contact with him over the internet for many years, and he'd given me
some very valuable advice.
I gave a talk on "Pre-exhaustion - a method for rapidly stretching
muscles". The talk can be downloaded as
(photos by Norm Barber, with thanks). In this method the muscles are
loaded very heavily and contracted against a weight, such that after
only 5-6 contractions of only 1-2 cm, they unable to contract any more.
Immediately the muscle is put into a strong stretch, which is held for
5 minutes. Precautions are needed (see PDF file).
We were privileged to meet Lorna Chester, the famous German
contortionist (left: being interviewed by Walther Kahl), and to see a
beautifully made and very moving documentary about her life. This
wonderful and sensitive piece of film making stays with me still. Her
stories about her life were very illuminating (and she had a surprise
for us at the end of the meeting).
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