I was talking with a fellow movement nerd the other day, and what he said blew me away.
“All tension is consciousness.”
I mean, I knew it. But I’d never heard it put so concisely.
Basically, if you were unconscious — like, under anesthesia, for example — I could fold you in half and tuck your foot behind your head. There would be no resistance.
But as soon as you wake up, you’re back to your normal stiff self.
All muscle tension is consciousness. Of course, some muscle tension is essential. Without it, you would just be a puddle on the floor. You wouldn’t be able to sit, stand or walk.
But too much muscle tension? Is what wears your body down, making you feel old and crappy.
Most people think their muscles are stiff because they’re too short. And so they pull them, like taffy, to try to “stretch” them out.
What you’re really doing when you’re stretching? Is having a tug-o-war with your nervous system.
That pain you feel — the pull at the end of the stretch — is your brain telling your muscle to tighten up and protect itself.
Your muscle is already long enough. You just need to get your brain to believe it.
That’s what we do in Posture Rehab. It’s not about “just stretching more.” It’s about reprogramming your nervous system so you can move differently — so you can move better.
Remember when you were younger and you felt like you could do anything? No stiff joints or aching spines.
We get older not because our bodies are breaking down, but because years of injuries, sitting all the time, using computers too much and never ending mental stress create so much tension that we can’t move well anymore.
And then we feel old.
You’re not old — you’re just stiff. They’re not the same thing.
And fortunately, your nervous system — a.k.a. your brain — is plastic. Meaning you can change it, like reprogramming a computer, at any time.
It is possible to rediscover youthful bounce and mobility simply by letting go of all the unnecessary tension you’re carrying around.
Posture Rehab shows you how. Click here to learn more >>0