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Ah ha… now I understand!
Great Sue! I love ah ha’s!
This makes total sense and I’m on board 100% with the concept and I’m excited to apply the process!
One question, when a ‘condition’ is present and we work to identify the dysfuction(s) are there precautions to watch for as we correct the dysfuction(s)? In other words can we exasperate the condition by doing to much to fast? Does this make sense, or am I still confused and stuck on the ‘condition’ side of the equation?
Thanks in advance!
General rule is this, Steve… If your corrective exercises re-create your chief complaint then find another movement or modify the movement (ask when you’re stuck).
Always start easy and slow with any new movement and pay attention to how your body reacts. I like using an “audit” like a movement that normally causes discomfort or pain.
Do it before you try your corrective exercise then again afterwards. You’re looking for home runs with immediate changes either in pain reduction, range of motion, better balance, or all of the above.
Thanks for that clarification!
It seems llike it is alwalys easier for us if we can give it a name, whatever the it is.Then all we have to do is these couple of exercises and everything will be OK again. Well, I've learned that's a kind of a yes and a kind of a no. I think your using the word function really explains the whole thing because that allows for the fact that the leg bone is connected to the hip bone, is connected to the back bone, etc., etc.If your calf is tight, you gotta stretch it….BUT, involved in the stretch of the calf is the stretch of the foot, the stretch of the back of the thigh, the stretch of the back, the stretch of the neck, etc., etc. But if you work only that side of the body without balancing working the other as well, you can get in deep trouble. "And yes, I've learned this the hard way!
I am for the moment struggling with raised shoulders (the good old trapezius problem!), and I've learned that the problem has arisen largely through bad movement patterns when I sing. And that it is just not a matter of "relaxing the shoulders down" which is what everyone tells you. It's really a whole posture issue which involves movement patterns. And when those issues have been addressed, the shoulders will be down when they need to be down.
And it probably all developed because I was moving too quickly in my technical work and did not yet possess the strength and stretch in the vocal producing muscles that I needed and so brought in other muscles into play that shouldn't have been brought into play at all. Think shoulders, think neck. So, while there are some specific things I am doing for immediate relief, long term it is a matter of readdressing how I use my whole body when I sing as well as in my everyday activities. And the information you are giving us I am finding to be exactly what I need.
I am now at a point in my singing that my vocalizing muscles are strong enough that i am now trying to withdraw the work from my shoulders and neck and let the vocal muscles take over. But of course the vocal muscles depend on strong abs, legs, hips…………..!!!!!!
Great to hear, Margaret! Yes…FUNCTION is everything.
Had that proved to me yesterday in spades. Was working with your standing bit the day before. Focusing primarily on dropping the rib cage straight down, and watching that throughout the day. This seemed really important because with it my shoulders just naturally dropped. The next day my entire torso was sore!!! But my shoulder blades were nicely relaxed down.
Last night I learned that whenever I sing, everything goes UP!!! So started using the standing focus to counter that. Today I learned that even when I talk, everything goes UP!!! So whenever I think about it, or am getting ready to sing or to take a walk, I stand, watching also the pillars of the feet sinking down, the pelvlis and buttocks settling down. Even my jaw comes into the picture. Today I am no longer sore, but continue this focus.
And today I worked out an exercise to keep my cheeks wide, high and forward while allowing my jaw to drop with the same width and the throat to open.
I feel like I am working on pieces of a puzzle.
What about anxiety and high blood pressure? I eat well but still have so many aches and pains- not over weight
Brilliant! It gives control back to the person. And this is the main reason I decided to take your course. I watched some of your videos before signing up and liked your message because my thinking was already shaping in this direction to regain control post injury and avoid becoming a victim of it.
It's so important, Patrice. Brain science proves that an "internal locus of control"…where YOU are consciously taking action without the perception of victimization, actually drips you endorphins. I'm glad you made it here!
This is SUCH a key!!!!
Well said Dr. Steve! Thank you so much for all you’ve put together here.
Glad you’re liking it, Lisa. Yes…this is a HUGE mindset shift we all must make.
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