Happy Knees – for squats, lifting, sitting, standing up

Happy Knees – for squats, lifting, sitting, standing up

What does a teeter totter have to do with your knees feeling happy rather than feeling pain, tightness, pressure???

Biomechanically – LOTS! 🙂

When you squat or sit in a way where your body is evenly counterbalanced over your knees – the weight of your body feels lighter in your knees.   And the “work” moves more easily through your knees and up to the area of the pelvis and the hip joints.

And that area around your pelvis and lower back and upper legs is your POWERHOUSE – the place where the biggest bones and muscles of your body are.  So THAT is the place that is BUILT to do big work, and have big strength.  (Not your knees!)

Imagine the base in the middle of a teeter totter as your lower legs.  When your chest and your butt are evenly counterbalanced on either side of that base, a couple of interesting things happen:  it feels like less work – and…. your butt feels light (!!!) and can move up or down easily and lightly.  MAGIC!

From that place, you can unfold your bones to come up to standing.  Folding and unfolding the bones and joints in your body like this can feel very different from either muscling you way through (which can feel like a lot more work) or pushing the work out to the front in the knees (ouch!).

Check out this great tip for how to help your knees feel happier – when you squat, sit down, stand up, lift things… and more.


Happy Exploring  🙂
Violet van Hees


About the Author:

Violet van Hees is a movement freedom specialist who works with people (and with horses) to release tightness and pain, and to transform body "stuckness" into something that you can work with. We then use what emerges to create new freedom and ease in your movement and in what you do, in ways that feel safe and reasonable - and that work - for you. Violet is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders. She works with a deep interest in and understanding of biomechanics, neuroplasticity, body response to trauma, energy work, and how we learn.

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