The human body is an organic machine who’s skeletal structure needs to physically move through its full range of motion to prevent zones of stagnation. If this stagnation is not broken up with stretching or exercise, it will cause the muscles in the area to shorten. It will also cause the muscles to stiffen, since it is not pumping the blood in and out as effectively. This rigidity is why many people strain a muscle when they try to push it through its full range of motion without opening up the muscle first. If the strain occurs at the spinal level, it may cause a vertebra to shift, herniate a disc, inflame the white tissues, or impinge a nerve. If the strained muscles neighbor an organ, it may cause external stagnation to that organ.
There are many causes of internal stagnation:
- Physical Blockage
- Prolonged sitting causes muscle imbalances and turns off the lymphatic system, which is the body’s sewage system.
- Overstimulation to a System
- Chronic stress engages the Sympathetic Nervous System, and suppresses the Parasympathetic Nervous System, encouraging tissue degradation, versus repair.
- Deficiency of a Resource
- If you have too much Calcium, and not enough Magnesium, you may experience muscle twitching or spasms. This is a common issue since Magnesium is difficult to obtain in our current food system.
- Organ Deficiency
- An organ can weaken due to overuse or undernourishment. Practitioners often see this with the excretion of digestive enzymes by the Pancreas, and of hormones from the Adrenals. When the organ weakens, this accumulate around it, causing an internal zone of stagnation.
We are a society of sitters! Prolonged sitting causes physical and physiologic stagnation. Ideally you would alternate between sitting and standing every 30-45 minutes, and take at least 5-20 minutes a day opening up your body.
Mild, Moderate, and High-Intensity Movement
Each category is important, but one may need to be dominant during your reset.
- If you’ve been exercising hard for the last few weeks or months, you are recommended to use the mild to moderate movement systems.
- If you have not been exercising, you would want to improve your structure before integrating the mild to moderate movement systems.
- If you have been exercising, but have digestive issues, you will want to avoid high-intensity movement systems.