Soothe repetitive stress with a sequence that eases tension in the arms, shoulders, and wrists.
By Nora Isaacs, Sequence by Daren Friesen
8. Shoulder Opener This position internally rotates your arms and stretches your shoulders and wrists. While sitting, bend your knees and place your feet on the floor, wider than hip distance apart. Press each elbow against the inside of its respective knee. From there, bend both elbows and fold your forearms toward your torso. Press the elbows against your knees, and press the back of your hands against the sides of your body. Slide the hands up to increase the challenge or down to reduce it. To increase the stretch, squeeze your knees gently together and breathe to release tension.
This is a great workout for pain in the arms and shoulders. I am a piano tuner and this particular set of ahsanas is the best I've found! Please produce it as a therapeutic DVD! Any chance of that?
Thanks to all who contributed.
I live near Asheville NC and go to the BLack Mountain Yoga Center. The owners, Brad and Martia Rachman, are yoga therapists. I've been working with Brad on several "old injury" issues around sciatica, hip flexors, upper arm and shoulder and adrenal glands. In just a few weeks, I've had immense relief. In addition to hands on therapy, Brad has given me a set of poses to do at home specifically geared to releasing these areas. With more muscular flexibility, there is more blood flow to the areas and the nerves improve. (By the way, I have been down this road with MD's and never had improvement.)
I don't really know what yoga therapy is but it combines deep tissue release with accupressure points and probably some other things. You can email or call Brad or Martia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-669-2939 to see if he can give you more information and refer you to someone in your area. I just found an International Assoc of Yoga Therapists online at http://www.iayt.org/.
I believe there is an answer somewhere for you. Do not believe you have to live with this. Wishing you the best.
Thank you so much for your input and suggestions and also sharing your own personal experiences and struggles. It sounds like you have found "a way" and I will definitely follow up with your advice!! NAMASTE!