Thursday, June 28, 2007
Keeping my body even close to square,plumb and neutral is time intensive work. And the more you do it the better you feel so the more actual work you can do. Which leaves LESS time for the bodywork necessary to stay healthy.And more actual load on the body.
It's been a very busy ten days and I've done more movement but have had less time to really get myself stretched out and back into neutral. And I've noticed the tension creeping into my soleus and gastroc, lower hamstring and, subsequently, my quad tendon.And creating a nice winding between the femur and the tibia. Lovely.
The first thing to go is full knee extension and that causes the hammy to get tighten as well, as full stretch is never achieved. The hammy stays flexed a bit even in the stretch part of the cycle.Not good.
SO it needs to be stretched out as well as everything else,but that takes serious floor time( think yoga class or equivilant) at least once a day(I never said this stuff doesnt get boring; believe me it does and I know it). But the other choice I could make is to let the body get tighter and twisted and not fix it.Not an option.But it sneaks up on you and if you aren't really paying attention you are tweaked and you'don't know why'. But we know why.You have to be devoted and that ain't easy. You have to pay attention to your body and that ain't easy either. Plus, you have to do what you don't want to do and that's perhaps the ultimate 'that aint easy'.
But once you can see it coming you have to get out of the way, at the very least.
Same thing with my back. If I let myself get re stuck in flexion;which is VERY easy to let happen, I start to feel those warning twinges again. Usually I listen then and head out to the chin bar to decompress and then get on the floor and open up my abs and arch my back.
And you can't get greedy. Or at least I can't; anymore.
Back on the floor.