Tai Chi Y2D132: loosened back

Today the tightness in my back loosened up, and I was able to do my normal daily practice. I feel blessed and lucky to be able to work my own issues out in their own way, in their own sweet time. I’m also hugely grateful that it was a muscle issue and not a spinal or sinew-al issue.It’s the nature of daily practices, done in a reasonable way and not taken to extremes, that causes me to become fitter and healthier.

Today marks my 43rd Solar Return. My birthday. Yesterday I was considerably dressed down from what I usually wear, and someone asked if I’d lost a lot of weight. “Nope,” I said. “just shifted around what it’s made of.” I’ve got considerably less fat on my body than I did a year-and-a-third ago, even though the scale says the same, and even though I’ve been experimenting with Intermittent Fasting.

A bit of a review: a few weeks ago, a commentator brought up issues of tensegrity — the idea that the body is a tower made of of dynamic tension systems holding rigid structures (bones) in a framework of sinews or Fasciae, operated by an elaborate system of pulleys and solenoid switches (joints and muscles).

I’ve found this insight enormously helpful. It means, when I stretch out my arm and expand my plan and fingers into a fan, that there will be tension felt at each of the joints from my index fingertip all the way to the shoulder and pectoral. Not much. But enough. But the arm doesn’t want to be in that position; it wants to contract. And that contraction, and release of tension, can be used to do work: it can strengthen the muscles along the arm; it can be used to create attacking or defensive motions; and it carries a tremendous amount of force.

That connective tissue — from shoulder to finger-tip — can be used in each posture to move the body only slightly and yet with enormous overall impact. I think I’ve only just begun to understand this. But it’s exciting.

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