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Posts to Ask Dr Stoll BB regarding Bracing

There have been a few posts to the Ask Dr Stoll Bulletin Board (BB) regarding Bracing. Many of them have been archived here. The archive is roughly chronological. I hope you find it useful.

Total body bracing is the muscle tension throughout your entire body, the vast majority of which you are probably unaware.

Common examples are the flexing of the shoulders which pulls them up toward your ears, or the grinding of teeth, or squinting of eyes and cheeks. These you may have noticed. With the practice of skilled relaxation you may become aware of more subtle tautness in the low back, hip joints, or hands. As your practice of skilled relaxation develops, you will become aware of the tightness that has overcome your digestive system and your breathing.

Skilled relaxation can include meditation, tapes, light goggles, and tai chi to name a few that come instantly to mind. You can find out about some of these by going to the New Visitor FAQ page and clicking on the "Health Book List," where you will find information on the Stress Reduction Workbook.

Skilled relaxation is a long term activity. It requires a patience and sort of a passive determination with which most of us beginners are unacquainted. If you want to get an idea of what will be in store for you with this practice, get a series of full body, deep tissue massages. Or see a rolfer. Perhaps there are testimonials of massage and rolfing in the archives.

SR is like a universal solvent for so many chronic conditions, most especially when combined with a whole food diet and exercise. As you develop your sense of peace and tranquillity grow, you will find secondary benefits of SR in your daily life.

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