Working with Tension

We are told to relax all the time. That usually does the opposite as we try to relax and create even more tension and disharmony within.

Let’s play with tension instead of making it the enemy and learn to move it to our side.

Do this:

  1. Start standing and tense a part of your body. It can be your neck or any limb of a part of the torso. Now start moving between laying down and getting up continuously while maintaining this tension so you learn to move with and around it instead of fighting a part of yourself.
  2. Hold your partners hand or hold a rope between you. Start pulling the other first with your arm as you sit down and get up together. Add your back to the work and only then add your legs to the whole. Learn to choose your tension in transit.
  3. Start laying down and tense your entire body. Have a partner turn you over and work you like a mannequin into different positions while tense. This will help a lot in understanding how tension affects our sense of body and position and how to be comfortable by letting go of excess.

Enjoy the process. It is all we have.

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Sharon Friedman

Student and teacher of movement and Martial art. Husband and Father. I can rebuild you, I have the technology :)