I’ve been using this visualization technique to help me with stretching my neck, shoulders, back, lower back, and hips. I’ve found that I am better able to “click” things back into position, like I’m my own chiropractor. I imagine that all of the muscles in my body are a series of rubber bands. Sometimes, the rubber band ties itself in a knot, or slips out of position. A common one is in your neck / shoulder area, when a particular muscle should be on top or side of your shoulder socket and switches to the opposite.
Stress & Pain
a. Stress & Pain
Caused by thoughts (tension), trauma, and / or toxins:
When you encounter pain while stretching, at the point in your motion that you start feeling it, think of this as your body’s indication point at which you need to push through, power through the pain. But as you are likely aware, the pain is too much, so you say to yourself “I’ll try again tomorrow.” Tomorrow turns into next week, next month, next year, as you learn to live with the pain.