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Re: Biofeedback for spags
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2012, 02:21:09 am »
Interesting stuff, guys!
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Re: Biofeedback for spags
« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2012, 02:27:01 am »
It is. I'm going to try and be more cognizant of what my body is doing so that it has beneficial effects on my mental state.
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Re: Biofeedback for spags
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2012, 05:49:23 am »
Get into the deadlifts son.
I feel like I'm walking around with a back brace 24/7.

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Re: Biofeedback for spags
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2012, 06:36:23 am »
Get into the deadlifts son.
I feel like I'm walking around with a back brace 24/7.

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Re: Biofeedback for spags
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2012, 03:08:37 pm »
I've been learning Chi Gong a little bit here and there from the folks at my dojo. I am in no way any kind of expert, but some of the waking up of the body techniques are quite interesting.

There's simple hand and body rubbing. This improves circulation a bit and if you are focusing on the feeling gives you the sense of your whole body.  this warm up bit has an interesting piece where you just kind of make "funny faces" rolling your eyes and just generally doing random stuff to activate the nerves of the face and stretch the muscles. It looks weird as hell, but definitely puts a slight alteration on the consciousness.  You can do this while washing your body in the shower, the hot water does the job marvelously. The real key seems to be consciously focusing your attention on the sensation and feedback from the body.

The chi cultivation and balancing exercises can really jazz you up or instil a sense of calm, both sometimes.  I get a feeling of high energy, but smooth and controlled attention.  I'm personally not entirely sure that the chi-force and energy body are scientific fact, but the cause and effect of the exercises certainly is there for me subjectively.

As a side note one of the guys once hit me with an "elemental strike" and the difference was hard to credit.  He struck with a cupped "C" shaped hand to my collar bone in a lazy and slow motion, but when it made impact it felt like I had been kicked by a goddamn mule!  When I get a bit more time I'll give a description of a Russian martial art called "Systema." It seems more scientific, but is definitely a weird science and fighting philosophy.

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Re: Biofeedback for spags
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2012, 03:20:18 pm »
I've always rocked the good posture and I think that it has a beneficial effect not only on my overall health and musculature, but on how people treat me. It's all about being short and always trying to look as tall as possible, I think. :lol:

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“I’m guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk,” Charles Wick said. “It was very complicated.”

“People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”
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Re: Biofeedback for spags
« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2012, 05:01:03 pm »
I'm marking this whole thread as psychosomatics for later search capacity.

LMNO: I've got a similar situation with guitar playing. I have a tendency to tense up my arms and shoulders while concentrating, hunching up a bit. Which makes me slow down and play worse, not better. The best playing I've ever done is when I've been comfortable and completely relaxed.
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Re: Biofeedback for spags
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2012, 10:56:35 pm »
Mang' Institute of Soft Tissue Dysfunction says (that is, paraphrasing someone else)

"If you're trying to have good posture, you don't have it."

Here's some useful book recommendations:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Owners-Guide-Body-Perfectly/dp/0722537379/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347490143&sr=8-2&keywords=roger+golten

or

http://www.amazon.com/Bodywise-Introduction-Hellerwork-Flexibility-Well-Being/dp/155643524X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347490267&sr=1-1&keywords=bodywise

I developed horrible posture years ago from walking around with my head down, hands in my pockets with rounded shoulders. The hours I spent on the guitar didn't help either. Still, I didn't start getting any troubles until I started to work in an office, then I discovered what an ergonomic nightmare many workplaces are.

I went to a Hellerworker (a derivation of Rolfing) for some very intense deep tissue work on my back, neck & shoulders. It hurt. A lot. Sometimes, it felt like someone was pulling hot wire though my neck. However, afterwards, I found that I didn't need to 'try and be upright', I just was and that had a correspondingly powerful affect on my attitude and mental well-being.

If your posture sucks, get educated about it (see above resources), find someone to work on it if possible and take up some movement activity that is balanced and doesn't encourage postural or movement bias. Tai-chi, yoga, some martial arts will do this.
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