The benefits of the Spiral Model of biomechanics over the Standard Model are significant and wide-ranging. The video clips below describe some of the more specific benefits qualitatively, showcasing hands and feet that have completed the transition from Standard to Spiral biomechanics. More data is required to quantify the improvements, and studies are currently underway. If you are interested in participating in a study, details are available here.
Joint Articulation & Range of Motion
Each foot has 27 bones and 30 joints. Most people never fully develop their feet, and end up with limited mobility in their joints. // Counterspiral pushes the development of all joints in your feet and hands to their full range of motion. Once you complete development, you will be able to articulate every segment and exercise unprecedented control over the internal muscles of your feet. // In the process, you will dissolve scar tissue and break up calcified cartilage, rehabilitating injuries and reducing chronic pain.
Arch Reconstruction & Foot Flexibility
Counterspiral training rebuilds your arches, improving the structural integrity of your feet and enabling them to assume a number of stable structures or poses that were previously unavailable. // Your feet realign into 3D structures that stack all 26 bones and 30 joints of each foot into a single dynamic spiral that can create and manipulate torsion. // With full development, your feet grow stronger, and at the same time more malleable and more flexible.
Symmetry & Alignment
Dexterity & Foot Control
With Counterspiral training, you will learn to rotate your feet around their longitudinal axes while holding a 3D spiral structure. // Eventually, you will be able to rotate through a full twist, and you will learn to manipulate the torsion produced by this motion to improve control of your feet. // This increased dexterity will unlock the “winding” motion of the foot that is key to cyclic gait.
Endurance & Impact Reduction
The rolling, cyclic gait unlocked by Counterspiral training is more efficient than conventional gait. This improved efficiency translates directly to less energy used for forward motion. // One benefit of improved efficiency is greater endurance. More energy is available at the same running speed, which results in a longer run. // The flip side of improved efficiency is less wear and tear on the body. More force is directed to useful work, and less is dissipated through soft tissue, bones and joints. Over time, this means less chronic pain and lower odds of injury.
Grip & Stability
Counterspiral drives a number of changes that strengthen the grip and stability of your feet and your hands. // As they approach full development, your hands and feet form spiral structures that can manipulate torsion across the their longitudinal axe. // Instead of placing the hands and feet on the ground, under the Spiral Model you roll them into position. This motion creates significantly more grip than the conventional approach, and leads to more stable support. // When the feet are rolled against each other, the combined grip and countervailing pressure form a particularly stable structure called the Vault.
Control & Precision
Under conventional biomechanics, your hands and feet function as arched levers, broadening and flattening as they push down into the ground. // With Counterspiral, they develop into 3D spiral frames that rotate around a central axis, rolling over the ground when they do work. // Fully developed hands and feet are capable of dynamic but controlled motion, letting them hold and direct muscle tension more effectively, thereby increasing precision in walking and manual activities. // The improved performance appears in specific activities like slacklining, or drumming. // It also appears in involuntary movements – general improvements associated with concepts like “touch” and “finesse.”