FYI, we defined a clutter-full thought as a thought that does nothing to move us in the direction we want to go. It just adds to the pile of mental chatter and takes us into the downward spiral of overwhelm.
This is definitely not where most of us want to go. Wouldn’t it be better to watch and catch ourselves before ending up at the deep end of overwhelm?!
There was another question behind her question. And that was this.
“We did this lesson with my arm & shoulder. Will it help another part of my body, for example, my hip?”
I want to answer this question in big part because it highlights a shortcoming of our fitness culture, which is to exercise a part of the body for its own sake. It has led to a fragmented way of thinking about ourselves.
When we free up the shoulder, we relieve any stiffness and pain in the shoulder, we also free up the back, the neck.....AND the hip joints in walking. Yes, you heard me clear! When you work with your shoulders, you can free your hip joints.
Of course, this will happen happen beautifully if your attention has been guided in a way that allows you to discover these connections and possibilities.
How does that work?
This might sound a bit nerdy. But stay with me and I'll attempt to clarify this as simply as I can!
The shoulder blade is connected to the chest (in front) via the collar bone (clavicle). Most of us perceive the shoulder blade as this triangular plate that’s in the back of us.
Look at the image and see that it does come around in the front to join the collar bone. See it?
The two collar bones of course, meet at the breast bone (sternum). When the arm and shoulder blades move, they move the collar bone and breast bone. Hence guiding the chest to move. With me, so far?
Most walking in an adult is contra-lateral. Meaning that the opposite arm and leg come closer with each step. Right leg-left arm, left leg-right arm.
When the shoulders are free and the arms move in a specific way, it guides the chest to turn towards the leg that is in front.
This movement allows your torso to stack up on top of your hip joint, thus keeping your hip joints in good health. And that definitely keeps you up and about much longer as we know, walking is the foundation of pretty much everything we do!
When your arm and shoulders are stiff or tight, it causes you to hurt in your shoulders and arms which can be an inconvenience.
What it also does is limit the mobility of your torso in walking, thus affecting the rest of your body in ways that might also feel not so fun. Example, you may feel the impact in your hips and feet.