Saturday, September 21, 2019

Keeping an Open Heart not Just for Valentine’s Day

Starting at the pelvis, use an inflatable ball to unlock restrictions. (Photo by Patti Reed)

Starting at the pelvis, use an inflatable ball to unlock restrictions. (Photo by Patti Reed)

Keeping the space in our chest open and spacious is important for many reasons. There are just as many reasons for its being closed in the first place: one daily activity of slouching over a computer with our heads forward is the most obvious problem in our lives today. Reading books, watching TV, any activity where you are not focusing on your positioning, can be an issue for closing in the heart center.

With that being said, almost all of our activities are forward-focused, unless we are working for Cirque du Soleil.

In this fast-paced world, we may find we are literally trying to stay ahead of ourselves, leading with our heads and closing down and restricting our chests. Stress also plays a huge role in restricting our heart center. Closing down the chest, rolling in the shoulders, followed by shallow breathing: all these factors restrict our heart center.

Emotional pain also closes us down and in, to protect our hearts. So how do we correct this?

Awareness is a powerful tool in itself. Just reading this article and realizing your habits and patterns and making small corrections will start to help immediately.

Most people complain of pain in their necks and shoulders, not a closed heart center. The good news is, opening up the heart center will relieve your neck and shoulder pain as well!! Using an inflatable 6 to 8-inch ball to free restrictions, start at

Work on the sides and shoulders next, where the tightness originates. (Photo by Patti Reed)

Work on the sides and shoulders next, where the tightness originates. (Photo by Patti Reed)

the pelvis and work your way up the front of the body in a specific ‘unlocking’ order.
 
• Free the front and sides first, where the tightness is originating

• Then address the back and neck

This is the best way to empower yourself and alleviate nagging discomfort in your neck and shoulders. Open up the space and free your heart center too!

Learning these techniques is life changing and beneficial not only to your heart center but also to your breathing capacity and organ health, creating room and realigning space inside your torso for the organs to function more fully and properly.

Our rib cage and spine become rigid and calcified in unnatural positions, ultimately restricting range of motion in our torso and shoulder joints. This will wear out the discs in our spines, deteriorate cartilage in our shoulders, and close down our heart centers. It’s hard to be open to the world if you literally can’t open your heart.

Usually these restriction happen so gradually you don’t even realize it. They sneak up on you, then your body starts sending signals, usually in the form of pain. If you realize the problem and release the restrictions before the pain you will be ahead of the game.

Open your hearts and have a great Valentine’s Day.
 
Patti Reed, a certified Yamuna practitioner, may be reached at All 4 fitness, Inc., 832 Anchor Rode Dr., Naples, at (239) 530-0814, or www.all4fitnessnaples.com.

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