Again I am impressed by the benefits of bouncing on a mini-trampoline. I got a pretty good one a few years ago, but have drifted away from using it. That changed recently.
I was feeling tense and kind of wound up after two days of not doing the arm-raises I usually do with two-pound weights. I will do 80 of these in the evening, along with some bicep curls to break them up.
I adopted this practice as a way to exercise, and consequently loosen and relax, the muscles in my neck and shoulders. For many years now, I have had an issue with built up tension there, which I used to relieve quite successfully with a regular chiropractic adjustment.
Since the back injury some years ago though, I have not been comfortable going to a chiropractor, afraid that the old, and still not completely healed injury might be disturbed or worse.
The reason being that the few months after the injury were very difficult; chronic pain and discomfort, and actual spasms and shooting pain in the morning that lasted maybe an hour before it settled down.
I am eager to avoid having those experiences again, thus my caution about going to chiropractors.
The consequence though, is that the usual build-up of tension in my neck and shoulders is not relieved by regular adjustments to the spine, and the result has been chronic pain and stiffness.
So you can understand how pleased I was this evening to feel the benefits of rebounding for only a few minutes.
I might have spent as much as two or three minutes on the mini-trampoline, bouncing gently and slowly, my feet never leaving the surface, enjoying the rhythmic tugging on the muscles in my neck and shoulders, as well as the strength and stamina building in my thighs.
I have only been doing this for three or four days and already there are noticeable changes in my physical body. More strength in the legs, better posture, definite increase in relaxation, or better, ‘relaxability’ of my neck and shoulders.
I find that, as I am walking down the street, I notice when I am holding my upper body in tension, and am able to intentionally relax into a more supple and almost buoyant form of walking, which feels great immediately.
I remember a quote from Bojangles that I used in a Sid’s Café piece back in 2005…
Jangle a Little Bit [Dynamic Tension]
I just got something on ‘tension’ that seems significant to share…
“Dynamic tension is fine… It’s static or frozen tension that creates problems, darlings!”
[all with enormous good humor and warmth of intentions]
Insight came around my neck [chronic neck and shoulder tension for maybe 20 years – slowly unpacking stored wisdom?]
It was during a session of sending ‘relaxing energy rays’ to the neck and shoulders that we saw this perspective
Dynamic tension is groovy! [It’s frozen tension that causes those little tremors in your wake, dear heart.
As you flow through time and space, you sometimes spin off tiny imbalances that have your signature on them. They all come home to roost, baby!]
Easier to relax into ‘dynamic tension’ than to feel that I am truly relaxing. [a bit querulously; And what would balance be then but visceral, palpable, dynamic tension?]
Returning to my neck I have found applying the idea of dynamic tension empowering – even poetic…
Let’s hold the neck like a flower. Millions of ways to hold the neck, here’s another – and another by golly.
Wasn’t it Bojangles who said ‘Jangle a little bit when you walk, baby.’
“…he could still dance in his late sixties almost as well as he ever could, to the continual astonishment of his millions of admirers. He explained this extraordinary versatility – he once danced for more than an hour before a dancing class without repeating a step – by insisting that his feet responded directly to the music, his head having nothing to do with it.”
—Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson ~1945
Sid’s Café – Dec 17, 2005