September 13, 2005 at 2:34 pm #7688
Now that I’m on the breathing bandwagon, another issue, perhaps related, but I think needs to be addressed specifically. Playing guitar is a big part of my healing and an important way that I express my energy. So I need to address shoulder pain from playing.
I’ve pursued all the usual playing techniques to maximize ease of playing, but the shoulder pain persists, and I think I need to do something like Feldenkrais, alexander technique, or maybe there are some qigong practices that would be appropriate? It would need to be very easy and suitable for someone who is very deconditioned.
I need to do this on my own, as I can’t afford to go to practitioners. I could probably swing one instructional video. Any ideas?
KarenSeptember 13, 2005 at 3:54 pm #7689
A good way of releasing shoulder problems are slappin the shoulder and arms with an open hand, slapping all the way down the arm to the hand. Do this with the fingers together on the slapping hand.
Another great and easy (but challenging) practice is standing with your arms straight up, fingers pointing to the sky, imagining light decending down the arms to the shoulders, and letting the tension melt from within, and then letting the light melt all the way down to the earth. Try to constantly relax and respond naturally. Start with 5 minutes, and increase the time as you try to push through the tension building up. It works wonders for me when I have tension or stress in that area. It’s also a basic and wonderful overall exercise.
Be careful to straighten the arms when they get tired, istead of dropping them. And always, remember to smile inwards(atleast).
hSeptember 13, 2005 at 3:58 pm #7691
I have had shoulder pain on and off for years. Currently, it seems to have dissipated due to NCR and yoga. try http://www.yogajournal.com for some ideas if you are interested.
My experience with Alexander work is that it helps in terms of large muscle movement more than something that uses smaller muscles, like guitar. The easiest way to do the Alexander work on a small budget is to buy a 3-4 foot tall 3-way folding mirror like he did, and start with your voice.
I really think that NCR and craniosacral therapy are excellent for long-term change in skeletal structure. I do them both on myself. I’ve also had craniosacral done on me several times.
You mentioned that you have tried NAET. Did you do it yourself, or go to a practitioner? I read her main book, and the nurse who does NAET on me doesn’t even use any of the same acupuncture points that Dr. Devi’s book suggests.September 13, 2005 at 4:20 pm #7693
Thanks for the ideas.. re. craniosacral, I’ve had many treatments over the years but I found that cranial osteopathy worked much better for me. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find a D.O. who does cranial manipulation as their main treatment modality; most of them these days practice conventional medicine like MD’s.
Actually when I was getting cranial osteopathic manipulation, my migraines ceased, and a whole lot of restrictions in my upper back were released. I just wish that work was more accessible. The D.O. who did terrific work with me moved to the Asheville NC area.. which actually, come to think of it, would be very accessible for some people!
Re. NAET, I never experienced that personally, but I’ve done EFT and TAT extensively, and from what I’ve heard, those seem to be equally if not more effective. Plus the latter are inexpensive, more accessible, and less time consuming than NAET.
TAT was developed by Tapas Fleming, an acupuncturist who had worked with Dr Devi.
If you are getting good results with NAET, that’s great, and I wouldn’t mess with a good thing :-), but I would certainly check out EFT and/or TAT. They are both much easier to learn and practice in reality than the literature suggests.
Just like with most things, once you have learned the ins and outs, you can develop your own shortcut approach that is more elegantly simple.
KarenSeptember 13, 2005 at 4:24 pm #7695
thanks, hagar! i love those ideas and will do. might as well slap the shoulders after doing slapping guitar techniques 🙂
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