Part of the uniqueness of Organic Stretching®: bodymind movements is the material it is stretching…Connective Tissue. This little considered, all pervasive structure supports body, life, and the ability to move. The status of this system gives us our flexibility and freedom of movement or not, depending on how we have cared for it. It doesn’t ask for a great deal, but movement is at the top of the list.
Without movement Connective Tissue becomes thick and immoveable, stagnant, trapping toxic fluids produced in normal day-to-day life, but intended to be removed by the system. It blocks free movement of joints as the unmoving tissues build up the surrounding area. Even if we eat well, but do not move, we are contributing to the failure of this system to perform properly…reducing our potential to enjoy life fully. Of course, there are more things we can do to enhance its functionality…adequate fluids, adequate rest, reduced stress, and a healthy emotional life all will contribute. But first MOVE!
It does matter how we move as well as whether we move, but more on that in the future.
The video above, Connective Tissue Talk No. 1, is the first in a three-part series that examines the Connective Tissue system–its nature, function, needs, and the benefits it provides. Future segments will look at how what we do in our lives creates the conditions we are living with in our mobility or lack of it, and what we can do about it.
This video is part of a playlist on the Organic Stretching: bodymind movements You Tube channel with two additional videos that provide a view into this system that you never find in the diagrams showing the musculo-skeletal structure. They leave out the support network responsible for holding it together and facilitating movement. It would seem we are full of empty space!
Well, actually, as you will see in Strolling Under the Skin by Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau, there is space, but in tiny, chaotic pockets that create a valuable mesh from the top of our heads to the ends of our toes in continuous “trains”…the Anatomy Trains of Dr. Thomas Myers. That system is tied to everything else inside to support it and to move it. The third video in the list is The Fuzz Talk by Dr. Gil Hedley…a look at what happens to that open network when we do not move. It is a graphic film that may get you up and moving faster than anything else will!
Here is to healthy movement! Please share this post with someone you care about who is losing their flexibility and becoming stiff and uncomfortable or in pain. You can help them reverse this process. And if that is you…check out the Programs in the menu for something that fits your needs.
When Linda Linder arrived in Puerto Vallara in January, 2014, she had one flexibility goal and a ten-hour workshop to reach it. She is fit and leads a busy life with tennis, walks, time with her grandchildren and a host of other activities. Her close friend and tennis partner Gayle James is a childhood friend and classmate of mine, and together they escaped the cold Ohio winter for an Organic Stretching® Weekend Workshop.
Early in the workshop, I asked everyone what area they wanted to release for greater flexibility. We took measurements and photos to record the starting point. Linda loved to play a game with her young grandchildren, but she couldn’t touch her right shoulder with her right hand, as the game required. Her hand stopped about 4″ above her shoulder and would not go lower. And that was her goal. Six hours or so later (the following day) we checked-in for new measurements and photos. Surprise! See what happened to Linda…
Linda, I would love to know how surprised your grandchildren were when you arrived home. This was Linda’s experience, and there is no guarantee that others will have the same results.
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What would you like to be able to do with your grandchildren, but can’t? Leave a note below the video!