PRACTICE 1: RESTORING FULL MOVEMENT TO YOUR SHOULDERS
To restore vitality to your neck and shoulders, we need to improve your shoulders’ range of motion. If you have been sitting and slouching over a computer keyboard your shoulders are getting stuck in that position. A stuck shoulder joint cannot move; if forced, you will invite an unfortunate injury.
💡 In this section, you will learn how to maintain and improve your shoulders’ ability to move through a full range of motion. You’ll also learn techniques for breath that assist your shoulders in moving well.
PRACTICE 2: LOOSENING STIFFNESS IN YOUR HANDS AND IMPROVING GRIP STRENGTH
You might not realize it, but tightness and pain in your hands and fingers is directly connected to weakness and the curved posture of your upper back.
💡 Here, you’ll learn how to massage your fingers and hands to reduce inflammation and stiffness. I’ll also show you how to improve your grip strength -- one of the main signs of aging well.
(Plan to open those pesky salsa jars on your own! )
PRACTICE 3: MASSAGING AWAY STRESS FROM YOUR NECK AND SHOULDERS
Your neck and shoulders are a magnet for invisible stress. Even if you have no pain right now, if you are #FierceOver50, you are most likely accumulating stress in these areas. This stress is causing your connective tissue, or fascia, to dry out and emerge, now or eventually, as painful knots or inflamed areas.
💡 Here is where the magic happens! Using soft massage balls or pillows, you will feel a rainshower of stress cascading off your neck and shoulders.
This is where my clients moan out loud in embarrassingly deep-throated tones, “Oh, I didn’t think it could feel this good.” This is, I often feel, as good as it gets in life -- bringing dehydrated and immobilized tissues in our bodies back to life.
PRACTICE 4: BUILDING GENTLE STRENGTH IN YOUR NECK AND SHOULDERS
The biggest mistake my clients make (before coming to see me, that is) is deciding they are going to get in shape, joining a gym, or hiring a trainer, and beginning strength training. And boom! One of the 4 key muscles surrounding the shoulder joint gets torn, badly pulled, or inflamed or all of the above.
💡 In this section, you’ll discover unusual but very effective ways to strengthen your shoulders and neck. This gentle strengthening work can be done with almost no props -- just your body weight. And, it involves looking quite a bit like Wonder Woman -- if you are ready for that!