What is Range of Motion?
The freedom within you; your internal environment.
The space between your bones (your joints) should allow fluid to move freely and completely between the bones, this varies with joint type. The spine has fluid filled cushions, or inter-vertebral discs, here the fluid is more ‘plumped’ like a pillow.
Space between your bones allows the fluid to protect them from uneven wear (cartilage damage), and blistering (bursitis).
Fluid is moved through your joints with every thoughtless breath, like a wave your body is plumped and deflates with each breath, the motion of articulates each joint.
How do I feel my range of motion?
If you can take a joint through it’s natural bending, without force or compensation anywhere in the body, and without interrupting your breath to get the movement.
Force is felt when you start to pull or push to get the joint to bend, and it is felt somewhere else in the body. For example, the fingers, each should be an independent digit that allows for us to do intricate little tasks… so, rest your arm infront of you, bend & straighten your index finger, just at the 2 knuckles in the finger itself, notice what the other fingers do, and how the palm of your hand feels… now, make the bend as small as needed so that the other fingers, palm or forearm are not engaging.
Engagement of other areas is through force, which can be locking down to isolate, or engaging to increase… compensation is more subconscious, and linked to fascia, the tension will pull on other areas of your body to allow for the movement you need… Both are false economies which are perpetuating the stress response.
Interrupting your breath could be a habit from breathing
How can I move respectful of my range of motion?
Move slower, and take smaller steps… oh the amount of times I was told that…
My best response is, if you had a length of rope that had a tangled knot in it… and you kept pulling it, it will get tighter… but when you stop pulling, and allow the tension to curl in on itself, from that place it can unravel.
Unravel, a word I really like using, but thanks to society we may have a subconscious affiliation that says unravelling is bad… you have to keep it all together, under control… well, I like unravelling, and unravelling all the tension (habits) created by keeping it all together and under control is a good thing.
How is my nervous system impacted by the Range of Motion?
The nervous system is responsible for creating the habits (subconscious muscle tension) that limit your range of motion.
If you ignore your range of motion and work yourself in a place of achievement or expectation, or that you should be able to do something a certain way… you are ignoring your innate intelligence, and over-riding your nervous system.
To over-ride your nervous system is bone deep disrespect of self. And this is the vibration that you use to attract people…
Each move you make outside your range of motion is layering more tension on top, through the force needed to achieve the movement… you create another habit, another layer of subconscious muscle tension.
How does the physical range of motion impact the energetic aspects of my being?
Our energetic (emotional-psychological-spiritual) experiences all create a physical response.
The physical response requires muscles to contract and pull our skeleton into a posture suitable for the situation (response-ability). The response is a message we can feel, it will be informing, preparing & propelling us in response to the present situation.
When we have subconscious muscle tension, our response-ability is limited to the available muscle length.
Tight muscles make for a more instant and extreme response to emotional-psychological-spiritual experiences (anxiety, injury).
And we can become addicted to these, as they fuel us with adrenalin, we become our own dependent junkie & the dealer. We gain an identity, and nurture an ego around the drama.
In Maia Movement, this is why we spend alot of time on the floor, in the beginning… to take away the fear of falling that our subconscious muscle tension is perpetuating.
As our nervous system become more familiar with letting go, we begin to recognise how we move when we are upright that is habitual… and that is empowered by tension… so we take smaller steps, we move slower and in motion we are able to refine how we get through our day, and release tension in motion… meaning we will be spending less time on the floor.
Creating more space physically, creates more space emotionally-psychologically-spiritually.
Start here Feeling the Space of Emptiness to create more space in your physical, to soften the emotional memories, and expand your mind…