Where is your center, and what does knowing where it is have to do with shoulder tension?
I hope you will enjoy this months video, where I attempt to debunk the #1 erroneous idea of center, and devise an experiment in which I can actually feel at least one of my centers and move it around!
If you have chronic shoulder tension, you may have a wrong notion about where your center is. Chances are the idea is too small, fixed, narrow, or just plain inaccurate. My September/October NYC Workshop, End Shoulder Tension Forever, will also address this issue, and many more.
In my workshop, I’ll be sharing two ideas that I guarantee will begin to break the hold that shoulder tension has on your body, mind, and breathing.
1) Your center of weight is never fixed because your body is always in motion. Your center cannot and should not be held in place, and is not an anatomical location to be strengthened. No muscle in your body works in isolation from any other muscle. All muscles are always working in coordination with each other!
2) Structurally and functionally, your center is your spine, skull, brain and spinal cord. Oddly, this important part of you is in the back of your body, not the middle! Your organ contents are in the center. So the whole idea of “center” being a place supported by a small set of muscles (that can be strengthened, braced, or fixed) is revealed as being rather abstract and not having much to do your actual design and functioning.
My hunch (based on 16 years of teaching!) is that when people are looking for center, they are looking for clarity in orientation, stability, support, and strength. The shocker is that strength comes from mobility, not rigidity. Stability is a result of a balancing relationship to gravity. Balancing is relational, dynamic, and stimulating to the entire web of musculature that encases our bones and organs. And it’s way more fun than bracing! More and more exercise methods are including this idea of balance, but they have been shockingly slow to let go of the “core strength” idea. A recent survey of material on the internet found the great idea of balance still being combined with, for example, this wording describing what to “do” with your center:
“As you balance, make sure to brace your core the entire time to keep your back still and strong.”
This is impossible, and I hope you check out the video to see a demonstration of why so you can stop doing it ASAP!
There are some exciting opportunities for study this fall for new students, and Alexander Teachers too!
Be gentle, stay wild and free….
////// TENSION FREE FOR A FLOWERS SESSIONS:
I will be doing 8 TENSION FREE FOR A FLOWER SESSIONS per month!
Do you know anyone who wants relief from chronic shoulder, neck, or jaw tension without drugs or surgery? Your natural state is to feel good. If you don’t feel good, please come!
All you need to do is bring a flower with you! REALLY. I love flowers and I love to have them in my studio. Contact me and I will send you available times. First come first serve, but I’ll book you for October if September is full.