We sometimes push away and sometimes push ourselves in different positions depending on how we are aligned and what is our goal. To learn to choose what is right for you at that moment and to make the body whole. Have a partner place both hands on your head and push down. Slowly allow your head to lower to your chest and push back up and than do the same where your just relax the body position so the body either lowers along with the neck and head or rises. The visible difference is in the point of view of the body. Is the neck pivoting on the body or the body pivoting on the neck. This way you can learn to move more freely and in the same time together with the rest of your body.
You can do this with the wrists, elbows, hips, knees and ankles and it will benefit your movement in many ways.
If you are alternating with your partner in roles remember to be here as you breathe and move. There is something to be learned and cleaned in every breath.