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Healing Hands Yoga Sequences

Do you have inflammation, stiffness, pain or weakness in your hands? If so, please consider the following:

Hands may ache from overuse. They also may hurt from lack of use. Additionally, if you have been overusing or underusing your hands, this will affect what is connected to them (wrists, arms, shoulders, neck.) Everything in our body is connected. Even tension in the cervical region and shoulders may be connected with functionality of the hands.

Everything we've done throughout our life involving fine motor skills (writing, typing, cooking for many hours, holding a cell phone, playing instruments etc.) affects not only the hands and wrists but beyond those structures.

Good news. Many of our students' pain in their hands, wrists, arms, shoulders and neck have been alleviated with our hand yoga sequences. The sequences work by:

1- Creating certain stimuli.

The lack of stimuli from not doing certain movements in modern life can make the hand muscles weak and inefficient, thereby generating pain and causing overcompensation. The regions adjacent to the hand and wrist may be overtaxed if there is a lack of mobility and strength for daily tasks.

The hand sequences offered here help restore pliability and functionality to the hand structure. 2- "Neutralizing" the effects of excessive stimulation/repetitive motion.

Repetitive strain injury (RSI), very common in musicians who, for example, play guitar 6-8 hours a day, triggers inflammation and irritation in the tendons, muscles and joints of the hand and wrist.

For those in this category, if you don't have the option of adjusting your work demands, you can do these hand yoga sequences on break at a desk and office wall or whenever you have a free moment. These movements "clean from your system" and help neutralize the effects of the excessive repetitive movements. Our yoga method focuses on building strength and mobility that complement each other. The greater the mobility, the better the structure may efficiently respond to the intensity and variety of demands it experiences. The greater the strength, the more integrity to the structure, less burden on the joints and more freedom for the tendons.

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