Midline fitness and tensing

If you've ever atom-symbol-16466824been told that you just need to learn “how to relax” to resolve your 'stress' or 'pain,' you are not alone. And while it’s true that gross physical tension in the body is unnecessary and can contribute to postural and other problems, the case for relaxation has been overstated. The truth is that many of us attempt to simply relax ourselves out of our problems or pain; we tend to relax what needs tensing and tense what should be relaxed. This is called ‘hyper-relaxation’ or 'over-relaxation.' 

So what is the answer? What can you do about it? The answer is to add the necessary tension back into the body structure with focused tensing and releasing.

The entire body can be strengthened to support and align with the tension factor of the human heart. If the body is too relaxed, it creates a strain on the heart. When we relax too much, we use more effort than is necessary, creating struggle. As we age, this problem becomes more pronounced because the effect of the over-relaxation adds up over time. Too much relaxation also contributes to fitness problems, because it causes our body to lack the necessary energy to support the physical structures; it contributes to slowing down our internal systems. When out internal systems slow down, waste products build up and everything works less efficiently.

The midline includes the spinal cord, CNS, spinal column, the structure supporting the spinal column, the central vessels, channels, meridians, chakras, and the center.

How to tense/energize

  • Begin by connecting to the body part you want to tense. 
  • For example, if you are sitting, before you stand up from a sitting position, tense your buttocks and your sternum; hold the tension for three to nine seconds, then release. Stand and repeat. Do the same for the arms and legs.
  • While doing the midline tensing, run the tension from your buttocks all the way up your spine to the top of your head. It is a gentle tension (not a gross, forced tensing); you are powering up your midline using.
  • Repeat the previous exercise three times.

Additional technique for midline fitness:

  • Go to your midline and strengthen yourself to be strong for fitness (especially speed) which is strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, agility, and speed.
  • Strengthen the internal fitness support triad of movement, motion, and action.
  • The ration of tension to relaxation should be 1:1.

It is also possible to tense our internal systems and organs. Just put your attention on the organ or system and put some energy into it; you are tensing it with your brain but not with your imagination.

Animals provide an excellent example of the tensing principle. If you have ever watched a cat closely, you would notice before they stretch, they tense their entire midline. First comes the tension, then the release of that tension and the stretch. Animals understand this innately as part of their physical intelligence.

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