Why are you stiff in your shoulders?

A few weeks ago I worked with a one to one student who had pain in her neck and shoulders. In her busy London life, not much chance to relax, she had done what we all do (me included). She disconnected from how her body actually worked and forgot that her arms connected to her head and tail. She disconnected from the fact that her shoulders were just a name for a part of her arm structure.

And when we disconnect from how our body works, we also disconnect from the fact that we are all whole and OK no matter what.

When I asked moved her left arm upwards, it got half way and then got progressively stiffer as it went up. It felt like I was lifting a heavy weight.

I worked with her with my hands to help her remind herself of that truth about her body, that arms are connected to whole length of our torso at the back right to our tail and back of our head.

I like working with my hands, it offers me a chance to get across information that would take a long time if I had to explain it. And, really importantly, it allows me to support my students. The process of undoing tension is quite a thing. We need information to help us make better decisions. And sometimes, we just need holding, support, nourishment to give us the courage to implement that information.

And that’s what I did for a while with this student. It helped, she softened a little and started breathing a bit easier.

Are there things in your shoulders and arms that you want to change? That you have the information to that would allow you to change, yet somehow that change isn’t happening?

Perhaps you need some simple support. You can support yourself through learning some more about lying down to rest in restorative yoga. I have a blog post about that here https://www.yogaground.com/blog/asanas/yoga-and-lying-down-to-rest-poses/

Or you could come along to one my workshops too. Click here for more information.

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© Kevin Saunders, Yogaground 2017

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