Jay Schwarb wrote:
I thoroughly enjoyed your article Sensei Ledyard. It reaffirmed the struggles I have with relaxing and its importance in Aikido. I have had three shoulder injuries over 4 years and this doesn't help with relaxing as the intuitive response is to stay tense. Are there any particular exercises, stretches, strengthening to help with shoulder injuries and overall relaxation?
Thanks again for your insightful observations on the essence of Aikido.
Actually, various stretches are good for preventing reinjury. I have also found that swimming is an excellent way to rehab a shoulder; it is non-impactive and works the entire range of motion.
I also think that gyrotonics would be excellent if you can find a trainer near you. Do a google on it and you'll find out what it's about.
And thanks for the positive comments!