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Old 09-07-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
tim evans
Location: The lake
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 203
Tight shoulders

Any tips or exercises that would help loosen shoulders.thanks
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
Dojo: Charlotte Aikikai Agatsu Dojo
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,943
Re: Tight shoulders

Tim Evans wrote: View Post
Any tips or exercises that would help loosen shoulders.thanks
try these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd8J3...ure=plpp_video

however, you might want to check with a chiropractor to see if you have a back problem which might cause your shoulder to be tight (happened to me).

also a chin-up bar where you just hang like a monkey

"budo is putting on cold, wet, sweat stained gi with a smile and a snarl" - your truly
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:08 PM   #3
Susan Dalton
Dojo: Greensboro Kodokan
Location: Greensboro
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 346
Re: Tight shoulders

Ask someone to do the kneeling nikyo pin to you really slowly. When you slap, ask nage to
1.let up, but keep your arm pinned to his/her chest and
2. turn back toward your center slowly, then
3. reapply the pin, again slowly,
4. again turn back toward your center,
5.reapply the pin again, slowly.
6. turn back toward your center again. At the end of this health technique,
7. ask nage to breathe with you and as you exhale,
8. press down on your back to help you expel more air than usual.

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
DW Ederer
Dojo: Bamboo Dojo
Location: Florida
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 10
Re: Tight shoulders

Shoulders and other joints are always tight for a reason. After too many years of tightness and/or pain a fellow aikidoka referred me to www.egoscue.com. You can either find a consultant near you or buy Pete Egoscue's book Pain Free to start working through the issues that cause the shoulder tightness and start getting relief.

It has transformed my life and is what will allow me to continue training hard well into my sixties. I think it's very complementary to aikido.

The only drawback to egoscue's system it is it does take time. I try to do aikido every other day and my egoscue menu on the off days.
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:54 PM   #5
Rob Watson
Location: CA
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 697
Re: Tight shoulders

Or during regular pins like nikyo omote, sankyo, etc have someone nice who goes slow and then lets you breathe, relax and really go deep into the pin. Mostly held tension prevents range of motion so getting slow and relaxed helps a bit.

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Old 09-07-2012, 08:19 PM   #6
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Dojo: Allegheny Aikido, Pitsburgh PA
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 942
Re: Tight shoulders

find a good massage therapist.
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