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I want to talk to you about something that’s been on my mind a lot. That is where tension lives in your body. Why is this an important conversation? It’s a really important conversation because where tension lives in your body builds how your body ends up in the aging process or in pain. You see, tension is actually pain and aging in its infancy. I know that most people set their radar to pay attention to pain. That’s kind of it. A lot of times in the extreme, when pain is really big, then you go seek the doctor, or then you go look for other solutions. I get it,…I do.
From my research, what I found out is that when you start setting your radar for something different, like tension, (like what your patterns are and really starting to decode what your body is trying to say to you all along) then you start to actually create a body that is much more sustainable. Paying attention to where your tension is, and lowering your radar and start saying, “Huh, what is it that I’m feeling?” Is really, really critical to building a body that you’re actually going to be comfortable living in for the rest of your life. Does that sound good? I know it sounds good to me.
I want to talk about where tension is. First of all, it’s a very common misconception that tension actually is in the muscular system, right? Everybody says, “Oh, my muscles, I gotta go get a massage, because my muscles are tight.” Let me talk to you about what tension looks like in a muscle. Each muscle fiber has a sleeve, has a little coating around it, and then the bundles of muscle fibers together has a little coating around that and the muscle itself has a little coating. All that coating comes together at the ends and bundles together to make the tendon that actually connects to the bone.
If you think about a muscle … what it does is it contracts and then it releases and it contracts and it releases. That’s what it’s built to do. A muscle is not that good at holding. In other words, there’s something called the tensile strength, which is really one’s ability to hold, and a muscle’s ability to hold is frankly not that impressive. What is holding then? It’s that connective tissue. If it’s actually located in the muscle, then it’s the connective tissue in the muscle and beyond that it’s actually the connective tissue in other places. What I found is that it’s in the junction places a lot of times. What does that mean?
If you consult a skeleton, for example, the junction places are where bones come together, largely. (View the video above for specifics.) For this guy here, I’ve got this green tape, these different areas highlighted here, because that’s where the tension tends to live. These are very common tension points. Let’s just take that a little bit further. If you can tune into these areas, let’s say on either side of your sternum, which is the breast bone, and you find yourself in that forward posture, that area is probably holding. We try getting massage for all the muscles, but it’s not really the muscles that are the problem in this case. Notice how that pulling forward comes from tension deep in the sternum, or the breast bone.
What I’d like you to do is turn up the volume in that place. Actually feel that’s what you’re doing. That’s going to make it a little more uncomfortable, but here’s the cool thing about that, is that you have your hand now on the volume button and you could turn the volume way down and feel that sense of release and spaciousness through here. Another area besides the middle of the sternum here is where the collarbone comes together, meets with the sternum, like I said, junction places, and the first rib.
Let me just say, it’s a bizarre to even think about the fact that we have ribs all the way up here, but we do. The first rib is, as you can see on this side, is actually right under the collarbone and it sneaks under the collarbone and then comes back here and connects to the back of the neck, which is where this other green spot is. Here’s the beginning of the first rib, here’s the end of the first rib and guess what? These a problem areas for most people.
Tune into the area right here underneath your collarbone, right where the sternum meets the first rib and notice that that area is probably kind of tight. Increase the tension there and then decrease the tension there. Nice, right? Then let’s do that for the other end of the first rib at the base of the neck. This is a common area that people complain about all the time, never lets go. That’s a place that’s really like, “Oh, I wish I could get a massage there.” As it turns out, it’s a bone, not a muscle, but the tension is accumulating right at that junction place where the first rib comes together with the neck, the base of the neck. Tighten that area too and then turn the volume way down and you’ll notice that there’s a lot more space in this whole area.
Just one more to share with you, and that’s right here. Can you see that? That’s where that collarbone ends and the scapula, or the shoulder blade actually begins, that’s where they meet. Again, it’s a junction place. If you can go to the end of the shoulder here, tighten that up and then turn the volume way down and you’ll notice, again, that there’s a sense of spaciousness in that area. This is a very cool technique for you to apply. In fact, I shared it with my friend Sarah and she said that since that time she had not felt the same, she’s felt so much better. She travels a lot and she’s on airplanes and she notices that this area just doesn’t tighten up in the same way that it did. This is a very, very useful tool and I invite you to use it.
I have a cheat sheet in the notes above and I’d like you to check it out, because honestly, it’s not just for people in pain. It’s for people who want to build the body that’s actually going to sustain and feel good their whole life. This is my passion, this is my mission, is to actually teach people how to live in their bodies, so that they feel good for the duration of their lives. That’s really important.
Download the cheat sheet. https://theburchmethod.leadpages.co/cheat-sheet/ I’d love you to check it out and give me some feedback on it. Write in the comments below, that would be awesome. If you like this video, then go ahead and like it. If you love it, then go ahead and share it, because this work just needs to get out there, this is so helpful. Try it out, let me know what you think, okay? Have an awesome day, I’ll see you next time.