Muscles & Posture: Myofascial Unwinding Video
I got to the same place as this guy quite early on by just letting go and seeing what my body wanted to do. I also found this would tend to happen quite often by itself while on psychedelic drugs.
Notice how he often begins entering a yawn during these movements. As I have mentioned before on this blog, I think it’s pretty obvious that yawning relaxes muscles and fascia. I recommend only yawning as much as the body wants to during these movements. It will let you know when to enter a full yawn. 🙂
Another thing to notice is how his arms will often adopt the poses he sleeps in (arm under pillow). His “still points” are also in this pose. I believe that sleeping position is the #1 cause of wound fascia, and that sleeping in comfy beds in the likely the reason. Why? Because, in my theory, if lying on a hard surface, the fascia would be constantly innervated via input from the ground. This would stop the fascia “falling asleep” and locking in the pose. I believe this is the source of the folk wisdom that sleeping on the floor is good for your back. I honestly believe that modern life is killing us.
Here is my proposed list of top causes of myofascial winding and deformation:
- Sleep position ← Top of the list by a country mile.
- Sitting down. Computer work makes this a lot worse.
- Jerking off.
- Repetitive emotional states. For example, the “head down” submission pose, when done frequently, will mould you into that pose over time. Notice how the seated pose also resembles elements of this position? Modern life is killing our self-esteem and enjoyment of life.
You will find that the “still points” mentioned in that video will tend to occur at one of the above points in the list. So, you will find a disproportionately high number of still points in your various sleeping poses.
I recommend only doing 5 minutes a day of what you’ve seen in that video. Use the whole body, not just the arms. Let the body “undo” itself in the order it wants. It will operate a “last in, first out” (LIFO) queueing system regarding the winds it tells you to unwind. The older the distortion, the longer the “still point” will tend to be. The reason I say only do 5 minutes is because I’ve found that unwinding does cause inflammation if done for long periods. For me, this sort of work quickly became compulsive and I would lose my mind and enter a long trance if I did not keep tabs on it, so if you have those kinds of tendencies be especially careful.
What you have seen in the video, and what I have told you in this post, is not going to fix you in a day. There is literally no point in rushing it or trying to skip ahead by doing long sessions — that will just piss you off. It’s all about just chipping away at in over long periods of time. You probably have in the order of 100,000 winds since birth. There is no point investing any serious mental energy into trying to undo all those winds. Perhaps you could do 5 minutes a day (which will help to remove the day’s winds at least, and probably quite a few previous days’ ones) and then possibly do 30 minutes on a Sunday to make a bigger dent in it (though I don’t know whether that would cause inflammation or anything — this is all at your own risk).
This is all just about chipping away at it over time and you should not think any thoughts such as “I have to get this all done” or “This will help me in some other area of my life.” You can’t, and it won’t, and it’s just something that will improve your natural movement and posture over time. Consider it more along the lines of brushing your teeth — a short daily session that you know will serve you well in the long term.