Originally Posted by bud heishman
I believe thinking with your feet is more of a "feeler" or kinesthetic learner. A visual learner would seam to be one who needs to see a demonstration before attempting or understanding a movement.
Kinestheic, yes indeed- thanks Bud. Not a visual learner, correction made.
I perceive "thinking with my feet" as heightening sensitivity or kinestheic awareness in my feel, in particular the foot sole bottoms. Heightened sensitively those kinetheic cues are likened to, if I may, an attempt to be Grasshopper's blind mentor, Master Po(gee, that TV program Kung Fu, reveals my age, dang it) has attained the "sight" of a sighted martial artist through rigorous Shao Lin training and introspection.
Having greater or heightened awareness of the sensory and kinestheic feedback of the feet is my point. Examples abound- my focus on the bottoms of our soles is that a "neutral" position can be found (albeit, the type of ski, ski mounting point, ramp angle of bindings/plate, boot shaft cant, boot/binding/ski general alignment) or targeted when you "feel" equally distributed in dynamic(skiing) motion.
Before I was aware of parmount importance of overall alignment issues, I was keying on the tongue pressure of the boot, rear spoiler pressure and/or where weight was distributed on my boot insoles as the KEYS to a balanced or what I believed was the best compromise position of my whole body on the mountain (while skiing). This was especially pronounced in its effectiveness on hardened or or boiler plate days or variable/mixed snow conditions. I perceived my skiing to be relatively effortless.
Currently, after alignment issues are stabilized to my satisfaction and choosing the morpologically best boot for my skeletal makeup... I can honestly say I only have to concentrate on the micro weight distribution on bottom of my soles which assist in making pre/post adustments to many tipping/weight distribution efforts as related to the "modern technique."
Minimally, I (and am told) am executing most drills correctly more often and with less effort when I am sensitive to my foot sole bottoms in this manner.