Research/resources on Therapeutic Yoga
- Yoga for Healthy Aging is a good general source of information.
2. Self Massage
Start with the neck by rubbing the muscles along the side of the neck from under the skull to the shoulders.
Then with right hand on left elbow; the left hand massages the right shoulder joint area. Make sure that the person massages on top, on the side and on the back of the joint area.
The right hand massages the elbow and and then down to the wrist.
The right hand then massages the left hand: fingers, palm and thumb.
Change so that the left hand is on the right elbow the right hand massages the left shoulder joint area. Make sure that the person massages on top, on the side and on the back of the joint area.
The left hand massages the right elbow and then down to the wrist.
The left hand then massages the right hand: fingers, palm and thumb.
Take the palms of the hand and put them flat on the back in the lumbar area and massage on either side of he spine.
Finish with massaging the knees.
What is Stopping Me?
Table 1.1 The Sensations arising in a posture an give us a clue as to the cause of resistance to further movement (What’s Stopping Me? WSM?)
|WSM? Spectrum||Resistance Sensation
|Surface Tensions||Spread out
Stretchy or tugging
|Like a mild burn
|Myofascial Meridian||Spread out-multiple areas sensed at once
Linear or rope-like
Tugging or pulling
|Muscles and Tendons||Localised
Follows muscle shape
Muscle: belly of the muscle
Tendon: attachments closer to the bone
|Ligaments and Joint Capsule||Stuckness
Soft parts against soft parts (chest to thigh)
Spread out over a large area
Soft part against bone
|Stuck or blocked
Bone against bone
Your Body Your Yoga by Bernie Clark, Wild Strawberry Production, 2016