gav Posted July 26, 2011 Report Share Posted July 26, 2011 I am increasingly aware of how tight and tense I am in the trapezius muscle, both in and out of ballet class. In ballet class, I can see that it's hindering me from all sorts of things I should and want to accomplish: freeing up movement in my neck, relaxing my shoulders, creating width through the back, getting my weight more forward. Out of class, it's linked to occasional tension headaches (which always start in the base of my neck) and generally not being as at ease as I would like. I have definite moments when I am able to release the tension, and I am trying to think about this on a regular basis now. But I think it's contracted to some degree most of the time -- including in sleep, which is really hard to change! Massage is great, but I think because the tension is so habitual, so ingrained in my muscle memory, it can really only help for so long at a stretch. So, my basic question is: What can I do to let it go? And, in more detail: In your experience, am I likely compensating for weak muscles elsewhere? If so, which ones, and do you have any suggestions on how to strengthen them? Or do you have any imagery you like to use to help release the muscles in this area? I will gladly explore any suggestions you have, and I can also try to answer any other questions you might have before offering any suggestions. Thanks in advance. Quote Link to comment
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