Discovering easy shoulders

Some clients I wish I had recorded as they speak. There’s something about being at the beginning of a learning process that makes our thoughts fresh, and our way of describing what’s happening easy to understand to other beginners to our learning process.

‘Mary’ has been coming for assistance with shoulder pain. She felt something wasn’t working right, but didn’t have the vocabulary or knowledge to know how describe it. A bit how I feel in a plumbers’ shop. I don’t have the right language, even if I know what the bit does that I’d like to come out with!

I was telling her how easy she was to teach, and she said to me today “I’m so glad your name begins with A, or we might not have worked together!’ Chance is a fine thing!

Mary’s had to learn a new language to describe what she’s been experiencing in our individual sessions. She was delighted that our work together not only helped her shoulder, but helped her discover internal resources she didn’t know she had. 

She’s spent a little time each day thinking about her moving, just as she moves around in her daily life. Not only what she moves- but how she moves-  which is what has put her in the driving seat of her own learning.

Photo credit: John Barkiple@unsplash

At the moment she’s forgotten about the shoulder (it doesn’t hurt anymore). And has joined us movement fans in getting interested in the connections. How the feet can affect the hips, the back, her neck. Or how when she turns she can use so many different parts to help herself. She told me how much more pleasurable moving has become, and how she sees this endless possibility of learning and improving her moving now, which she didn’t before we worked together. 

She understands now from our sessions how to look for movement throughout her whole skeleton to support her shoulders. That the solution doesn’t need to be in the same place as the problem. And indeed often it isn’t. 

That sensing herself in movement makes it easier to make connections, and that her skeletal system is the best one from which to initiate her movement. 

She knows that to feel what she’s doing from the inside, she needs less overall tension, and to reduce the level of effort. As she feels herself more, she’s able to feel her tension levels more easily, and use the information to self-regulate. All of which then helps her feel herself more, with more efficient amounts of effort, in an upwards spiral of learning.

Where could you learn to be less tense? Where would you like to feel more ease, and what would make your life more pleasurable and enjoyable, if you were able to do it?

Don’t wait, take action. Improve your life, one easy step at a time.

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