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07-31-2008, 02:26 PM
I am a new student in Aikido, and I figured I would join this forum. The immediate reason for it, is because I have a couple of questions regarding my training outside of the dojo.
Where is the appropriate place to post these questions:
What exercises can I do to relieve the burden on my back muscles. After a few consecutive minutes in a lowered stance, my back muscles start to become very tight. After maybe fifteen minutes of continuous practice, they tense to the point that I can't ignore the pain anymore. I'm not straining or spraining anything in a technical sense, I'm fine after sitting down for a few minutes. Two things contribute: I hurt my back mildly in high school playing football, and I am overweight.
The second question: My feet are very inflexible. On the mats I can't really practically maintain an 'active toe' sitting in seiza, and I certainly cannot on a hard surface. Are there any exercises other than just constantly bending and stretching the toes further that I can do to help? As long as I am controlled in the stretches and do not exceed a reasonable amount of pain, is there still potential for serious injury in doing this stretch - that is, am I doing the wrong thing?
Thanks very much!
Welcome to AikiWeb. You probably want to use the General forum to ask your questions rather than asking them here in the Introductions forum.
07-31-2008, 02:44 PM
I will post them in general. I just wanted to make sure they shouldn't go to some subsection like training.
07-31-2008, 03:38 PM
Welcome to AikiWeb Peter!
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