We all have full body reflex patterns. When a contraction happens in one part of the body there is a reflex kind of chain reaction which effects the whole body.
They are normal and natural but they can become problematic when we get stuck in them. This is when chronically tense muscles can lead to inflammation, stiffness and pain. Muscles have become unconsciously locked into the 'on' position.
To release them, we pandiculate by contracting them just a little more than they already were, and then slowly lengthening and releasing them. This resets your muscle length and function at the level of the brain. Any creature with a spine will do this more than 40 times a day. We are born knowing how to do it, but we tend to unlearn this important instinct over the years. Our journey aims to bring it back.
These accumulated tensions create imbalance, something almost everyone has. Today I want you to see if you can really notice any differences in how you hold yourself and how well your body functions from right to left. How does the left side of your body feel compared to the right, starting at the toes, and then moving up to the hips, the lower back, the shoulder blades - all the way up to your head.
Once we start to sense and feel those differences we can work to bring the balance back.
Daily Movement Health Week 2
You are already doing Calf Stretch and Standing Arch and Release, now lets add Toe Stretch:
A great somatic exercise for recognising imbalance and beginning to bring it back is the 3 Part Arch and Release. This is from the 17 minute Washrag Daily Movement Health Practice available in the Online Movement Health section.