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When my team at the NYC Chair Massage Company – www.eventschairmassage.com – offers stress management programs we are always concerned with which come first; the body or the mind. We offer chair massage, speakers, corporate yoga, and meditation classes.
In yoga and massage we focus on reducing joint stress.
Each specific joint has a normal range of motion that is expressed in degrees.
Devices to measure range of motion in the joints of the body include the goniometer and inclinometer which use a stationary arm, protractor, fulcrum, and movement arm to measure angle from axis of the joint.
As measurement results will vary by the degree of resistance, two levels of range of motion results are recorded in most cases.
Limited range of motion refers to a joint that has a reduction in its ability to move. The reduced motion may be a mechanical problem with the specific joint or it may be caused by injury or diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other types of arthritis. Pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with arthritis can limit the range of motion of a particular joint and impair function and the ability to perform usual daily activities.
Range of motion is one of the areas where massage and somatics intersect. Massage is one of the most effective ways to increase and expand the range of motion in a client that has limitation issues and the ability of an individual to engage in somatic programs is largely determined by their range of motion. Physical and occupational therapy can help to improve joint function by focusing on range of motion exercises. The goal of these exercises is to gently increase range of motion while decreasing pain, swelling, and stiffness. There are three types of range of motion exercises:
- passive range of motion(or PROM) – Here the therapist or equipment moves the joint through the range of motion with no effort from the patient. Massage is a key approach to this.
- active assistive range of motion(or AAROM) – Patient uses the muscles surrounding the joint to perform the exercise but requires some help from the therapist or equipment (such as a strap).
- active range of motion(or AROM) – Patient performs the exercise to move the joint without any assistance to the muscles surrounding the joint.
It is a natural inclination of humans to go through a range of motion process This existed long before anyone thought of calling it exercise. After stretching the most common and intuitive form of exercise is in the modern era are aerobics and calisthenics.
Laban is a technique for improving the use of the body through posture and movement. We use it often in our corporate stress management program in Toronto and NY through www.eventchairmassage.com.
Let’s explore effort through the eyes of Laban.
Effort has four subcategories (effort factors), each of which has two opposite polarities (Effort elements).
Laban named the combination of the first three categories (Space, Weight, and Time) the Effort Actions, or Action Drive. The eight combinations are descriptively named Float, Punch (Thrust), Glide, Slash, Dab, Wring, Flick, and Press. The Action Efforts have been used extensively in some acting schools, including ALRA, Manchester School of Theatre, LIPA and London College of Music to train in the ability to change quickly between physical manifestations of emotion.
Flow, on the other hand, is responsible for the continuousness or ongoingness of motions. Without any Flow Effort, movement must be contained in a single initiation and action, which is why there are specific names for the Flow-less Action configurations of Effort. In general it is very difficult to remove Flow from much movement, and so a full analysis of Effort will typically need to go beyond the Effort Actions.
Shape: While the Body category primarily develops connections within the body and the body/space intent, the way the body changes shape during movement is further experienced and analyzed through the Shape category. It is important to remember that all categories are related, and Shape is often an integrating factor for combining the categories into meaningful movement.
There are several subcategories in Shape:
- “Shape Forms” describe static shapes that the body takes, such as Wall-like, Ball-like, and Pin-like.
- “Modes of Shape Change” describe the way the body is interacting with and the relationship the body has to the environment. There are three Modes of Shape Change:
- Shape Flow: Representing a relationship of the body to itself. Essentially a stream of consciousness expressed through movement, this could be amoebic movement or could be mundane habitual actions, like shrugging, shivering, rubbing an injured shoulder, etc.
- Directional: Representing a relationship where the body is directed toward some part of the environment. It is divided further into Spoke-like (punching, pointing, etc.) and Arc-like (swinging a tennis racket, painting a fence)
- Carving: Representing a relationship where the body is actively and three dimensionally interacting with the volume of the environment. Examples include kneading bread dough, wringing out a towel, avoiding laser-beams or miming the shape of an imaginary object. In some cases, and historically, this is referred to as Shaping, though many practitioners feel that all three Modes of Shape Change are “shaping” in some way, and that the term is thus ambiguous and overloaded.
- “Shape Qualities” describe the way the body is changing (in an active way) toward some point in space. In the simplest form, this describes whether the body is currently Opening (growing larger with more extension) or Closing (growing smaller with more flexion). There are more specific terms – Rising, Sinking, Spreading, Enclosing, Advancing, and Retreating, which refer to specific dimensions of spatial orientations.
- “Shape Flow Support” describes the way the torso (primarily) can change in shape to support movements in the rest of the body. It is often referred to as something which is present or absent, though there are more refined descriptors.
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