Wake Up Your Brain and Your Body with This Morning Exercise

April 23, 2010

“Once I’m up and moving I’m okay—it’s starting to move that’s the hard part,” is something I hear often in my practice. So why is this? Well, the joints are lubricated with synovial fluid to make movement smooth and easy but it’s tricky because synovial fluid is only produced on demand and that demand is activated by movement. In other words, you have to move to produce the fluid that will make movement easy. If your joints haven’t moved all night and are dry, movement is painful. So how do you start moving in a way that doesn’t make you want to scream with pain at the start of your day?

Yes it’s true you do have to move but you don’t have to move much. Phillipe Lablond, a Feldenkrais practitioner in Quebec, Canada has designed a wake up routine that I’ve given many of my clients. They say that it makes getting up a much more pleasant experience. I’ve included the first part. To access the whole lesson click here!

5 minute morning wake-up...Get-up and feel great

• While still in bed, move whatever moves.
     Gently at first, a toe, an elbow, then wiggle a bit faster, all the time doing it in a way that feels good.
• Roll to sit on the side of the bed.
     Do this by extending your lower legs over the edge and swinging your feet to the floor by pushing up on your elbow.
• Move the upper body to the right and to the left.
      Sitting on the side of the bed, leaning hands on bed. Gradually continue without bending the elbows, letting the waist do the movement.
• Rock forwards and backwards.
      Same way as previous movement, letting first the shoulders, then the waist move.

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