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    Byrt, thank you for sharing this and I am happy that you have a system that is working for you. The tracking, the stickers (a key component!) and the feedback loop with your PT are essential to your success. BTW, everything came through loud and clear, no language issues were detected. :-)
     
    The part where your assistants hold one hip while the other stretches the other side reminds me of the “Carey Stretch” where the technicians use their whole bodies in the stretching process. This was originally developed for athletes but is suitable for everyone. Oh, how I love this stretch! Check out this video on YouTube – they show how they stretch volleyball players, but it will give you an idea of how hands-on this is – these people are committed! It’s a 2:01 video but you only need to watch from :50 to 1:15, because those 25 seconds will give you the idea.
     

     
    There is a place in San Diego that specializes in this, and the loose and relaxed feeling gained from a session has been unparalleled for me, and no physical therapy session or massage has duplicated it. I have moved to another state and there is no place here that does this stretch. :-(
     
    For those forum participants who do not have two assistants at the ready to help them with their physical therapy and stretching (lucky Byrt!), if you have a stretch place in your area (not to advertise for them but it was called Stretch U in San Diego) do yourself a favor and try out the 20-minute Carey Stretch – I think you might be able to get a coupon for a free first visit.
     
    If you have the time (and a little more money) I would recommend the 40-minute session which is their own Lock-and-Stretch. Lying down on a massage bed they do a warm up where “tissues are locked into place and then gently stretched to produce circulation in muscle, tendons, joints, and most importantly fascial components. All major muscle groups are warmed up and released in preparation of the manual stretch of all major muscle groups.”
     
    In all, they do well over a hundred stretches that combine “passive stretching, contract-relax techniques, and neural flossing glides to all major muscle groups, upper, and lower extremities”.
     
    I miss u, Stretch U!
    #careystretch #lockandstretch #passivestretching #contract-relax #neuralflossing #stickers


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    There are many somatic education and gentle movement methods designed to teach us to become aware of, and tune into, our inner body sensations and to bring our bodies back into alignment: Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Ortho-Bionomy, Relaxercise – just to name a few. Have you experienced increased body awareness as a result of learning to use this type of modality?
     
    What about mindful forms of movement – e.g., yoga, tai chi, etc.? Do these forms help you to get in touch with your body’s messages any more than traditional forms of exercise? How has this type of movement helped you to understand your body better?
     
    I am going to go out on a limb here and include biofeedback under this topic – either via machine, or from tuning into one’s “interoceptive awareness” – because it is a way to train oneself to monitor certain physical sensations or movements within the body, and adjust them via a constant feedback loop. Have you witnessed your body’s ability to “fix itself” through biofeedback? Is a machine any more or less valuable or valid as a body listening tool?
     

     
    Let’s not forget the kinds of body movement or manipulation that we pay other people to inflict upon us – here I am talking about methods of Structural Integration like Rolfing and Hellerwork; but also traditional forms of massage, and even the Carey Stretch (personally, my body told me it loves this one). What is your experience with getting feedback from your body during or after it has been manipulated by another person? Is it easier to listen when someone else is working on you?
     
    We move in our sleep, too. There’s a multi-million (or maybe even multi-billion!) dollar industry aimed at selling us implements to correct our sleep posture to eliminate pain and help induce a sense of well-being. Do movement and exercise help or hinder your sleep? Do your sleep habits impact your movement or exercise regimen? Do you use any special implements to correct your body alignment or eliminate pain during sleep? You can attach an image of the item to your reply.
    #interoception #bodyawareness #somaticeducation #careystretch #structuralintegration #rolfing #hellerwork #feldenkrais #alexandertechnique #ortho-bionomy #relaxercise #biofeedback #bodyalignment #painduringsleep #yoga #taichi #hurtssogood


    Gail Moser
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