One of the many things I've "lost" over the years is the ability to do a "head slide".
No big deal you say... well unless you're trying to make a point using one, and find your head locked up doing something completely not what you've ordered it to do with your teenagers laughing at you.
Don't know what a head slide is?
This is a move you may have seen done in belly dancing where the head moves side to side, while the neck is stationary. Its... COOL. Totally!
Or more importantly, when you've aggravated one of your girlfriends no end.
Its usually accompanied by a finger wagging and a version of "O honey, NO, girlfriend that is NOT happening, no way, no ma'am!" disclaimer.
Just try it. Can you do it?
The neck slide, not the finger wagging, girl!
If not, read on...
Here's how to improve your body language, restore your Head Slide Swagger.
Its a Qi Gong exercise(yes that's a real word for a series of Tai Chi like moves that's as old as the hills), I've dubbed: " Pushing out your Horns."
Cuz in effect, that's what you're doing. Only in most of us, our "horns" are imaginary... it simply indicates the spot on your head you're pushing up and to the side.
Try it in front of a mirror at first.
Once you get the hang of it, you can practice when you're sitting at the computer Sparking.
That is if all the snap crackle and popping noise you're neck might be doing isn't that big of a distraction.
Humor aside, the HEALTH benefits (that's why you're reading, right?) is that you will be loosening the joints between the cervical ( neck) vertebrae, from which your cervical nerves exit.
Which is a good thing.
Restoration of movement is usually a good thing unless the movement is in the direction of say... COOKIES.
Be sure to clear this as you would any exercise with your doctor/chiro.
I don't want to liable for any mishaps.
Also make sure you're taking gelatin to smooth things out...to bolster and restore the flex in your cartilage.
Now that the Caveats are over... here's the link:
The link's also got a variety of fun things to do with your back.
Check those out with the Doctor first, too.
Especially that one called "Crane flapping its Wings"
Just think of how ridiculous it would sound to be in the ER with back whiplash explaining to the triage nurse that you're there because someone named Mzzchief on Spark told you to Flap your Wings like a Crane after Pushing out your Horns.
What you don't know about gelatin and its benefits to bones, ligments and joints yet? You thought that stuff was just for nails, skin and hair?
Well here's a nice pub med abstract for ya, cuz I'm all about the science:
What? You don't read Medicalese? Here's something in English then:
Hang loose my friends!