Flattening the Shoulder for Stabilization

Flattening the Shoulder for Stabilization

Monday, November 29, 2004

Flattening the Shoulder for Stabilization

There is a way of getting a better biomechnical linkage between arm and torso that involves changing the alignment of the shoulder blade, and changing the tensioning of the shoulder girdle. Although in this piece, I will concentrate on the shoulder girdle, keep in mind that the body should be an integrated unit, and under the principle of tensegrity, forces in one area can have quite remote effects, and tensions in one area can also have quite remote effects.
In order to get my Eskrima students to flatten the shoulder blades, I have tried various approaches to explaination. One of these is to have them stand in a relaxed, slightly slumped posture, feet somewhite widely separated, and tell them to imagine that they are picking up a barrel, that is about as high as they are. In order to do this, they must embrace it around the middle, about the height of their elbows. I ask them to hold this, keeping the body fairly upright, butthe knees flexed forwards. As they hold this posture, I tell them to relax to their utmost. This gets them started on the proper alignment. It is not enough, and I use a number of different approaches to try to make them understand what I am driving at.