Why We Have Chronic Tightness – and How to Shift It

Why We Have Chronic Tightness – and How to Shift It

So here is a good question, eh: Why DO we have chronic tightness? What is the biological purpose of tightness, and why does some tightness stick around for soooo long and sooooo persistently??

Your body is smart, and it has what it considers to be a good reason for holding on to that tightness. In today’s video, find out what that reason is.

And then find out the conditions under which your body will let go (or at least, consider letting go) of that tightness, and allow something else to take its place. 🙂

However, you will likely notice that some tightness is easier to let go of than other tightness. This often means that the more persistent tightness had a Really Important Reason to start in the first place.

Those Really Important Reasons were often experienced by your body as “survival” reasons.

So for example, it may have been related to a serious accident. Or as another example, it may have been a body posture that you assumed when it was really important (e.g. to fit in with your family or your peer group, or to be as invisible or protected as possible, etc.)

That kind of persistent tightness often needs some time and some deeper work to help it move, beyond what I can show you in a short video. (And note, “stretching” is generally not the answer for this kind of tightness.)

If you are working to shift something that IS really persistent, and perhaps even feels stuck, please feel free to contact me.

This is “what I do” – guiding people who are looking to open up your movement freedom – and through that to open your world. So that you can do what you want, rather than feeling stuck and feeling like you are becoming more and more limited.

And I’m excited! To deepen my ability to work intelligently with those who come to see me, I’ve just returned from my second of three week-long modules of a remarkable and oh-so-intriguing course called “Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists” taught by Kathy Kain.  (This is a course primarily for Somatic Experiencing® Practitioners, but they let us Feldenkrais® Practitioners come too since we work in a “somatic practice” that seems to work well with what they are teaching.)

In this course, I am learning all sorts of very cool things about how to help you shift stuff that has become deeply embedded within your body as a way of dealing with experiences that were too overwhelming or deeply scary. This is very cool stuff, that just makes so much sense to me. So I am happy to be weaving this in to how I work – with humans, and with horses 🙂

And stay tuned! In my next video, we will look at why “stretching” so often doesn’t really work – or last. And how to find more length, without “stretching”.  Hint: it has something to do with what you learn in THIS video. 🙂

Happy exploring!

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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.