A Little Resistance Can Be a Good Thing

November 23, 2014
When your movement is restricted through misuse, accident or a condition such as arthritis, it can be both frustrating and exhausting. Trying to push through the block is generally fruitless however if you know how to apply a little resistance from the outside it can produce changes that give you effortless freedom of movement.
Let me explain how it works. In order to achieve effortless movement the workload must be distributed proportionally through the whole body. In other words strengthening one muscle group isn’t going to cut it. Every part of the system must be willing to share the load—think of the old saying, more hands make light work. It’s easier to understand if I demonstrate this idea so I’ve asked my friend Peggy to help me as she has been having difficulty getting back full freedom of movement in her right arm and shoulder. If you have range of motion issues in your arms or shoulders please follow along with the video. Note: This is the second video showing the work I did with Peggy.If you’re interested in seeing the first one click here for my previous blog posting. 
Background information:
After surgery Peggy developed frozen shoulder and couldn’t lift her right arm out to the side or above her head. It was as if the communication lines between that arm/shoulder and the rest of her body had become disengaged. When she tried to lift her arm she no long felt the support of the rest of the body. The only muscles that become engaged were in the arm/shoulder itself. Here is where a little applied resistance gave the brain/nervous system the feedback it needed to reconnect all the parts of the system to help support the arm/shoulder that had been affected by the surgery. 

Thousands of people have benefited from Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons; however, we cannot anticipate the needs and/or limitations of individuals. The material contained in this lesson is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. Consult your doctor or physiotherapist if you have any concerns. Responsibility for the lessons is strictly that of the user.


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