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Are you married to stress or just engaged?

July 18, 2014

Are you one of those people who don’t quite “get it” when someone uses the term “relax” in reference to muscles and joints?

Think of it using this term instead: “disengage” I have found recently that some students who have been in class for awhile are still holding too much stress and corresponding tension in their joints and muscles.

As much as I tell them they need to relax and soften up the arms, hands,  shoulders, hips, thighs, knees and so on they seem to keep on keeping on with the same tension.

They appeared to be married to their stress and tension for better or for worse.  I found out that they were not married to it,  they were only engaged and did not realize it.

So,  I used the term disengage with a few and voila!  It was magical for them.

Think of these two truths (according to Stan)

  • Movement is learning to disengage certain muscle groups and engage others in a coordinated and fluid method.
  • Relaxing is learning to connect to the mental and physical parts of yourself that are actively engaged in stress and disengage them.


Tai Chi and my ChiForLiving programs include this form of training as one of the core aspects of their gentle, controlled fluid movement.

If you are a high stress personality, work in a high stress situation or just want to relax, this form of movement and exercise may be prime for you and extremely beneficial to your overall health.

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