Updated: Oct 12
Let me say that it sometimes seems that we are carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. So I want to share with you how to shake off the strain and tension.
Relaxing the shoulders is vital to our general relaxation, but although keeping them in place is the most natural way to have relaxed shoulders, it can be difficult to keep them that way. Stress, sedentary life, anxiety, and many other factors can influence our posture and consequently increase the tension we keep in our shoulders.
The easy exercise that I want to share with you today has its roots in a very ancient world. In fact, it is a Taoist exercise, used in qigong and other holistic practices. I use it in my daily self-shiatsu routine to keep my shoulders and neck free from tension and pain.
Arm swinging exercise: How to do it
Stand with the feet parallel, shoulders-width apart
Relax your whole body, your arms relaxed at the sides
Keep your breathing natural
Gently put your relaxed arms in front of you, at 90 degrees to your chest
Let them fall down, while you bend your knees gently to accompany the swinging
Swing your arms front and back like a pendulum and find a comfortable fluid rhythm
Continue for 3 to 10 minutes
Slowly and gradually make the swinging movement smaller and smaller, until they settle into stillness.