Happy Hamstrings, Happy Life!
We take a lot for granted in movement. Up until we have unhappy hamstrings, for example.
Hamstrings are one of those evergreen concerns that can stick around and frustrate those who want to perform better, often confounding treating experts as well as many individuals.
There is Phd research from my friend and colleague Feldenkrais Practitioner and physical therapist Nancy Harden that Feldenkrais lengthens hamstrings quicker than stretching!!!
Nancy performed rigorous statistical research with subjects who were recruited with Back Pain concerns. They didn't want to bias her subjects to the fact that they were researching hamstrings, to avoid them going home and doing other things that would interfere with the outcomes of the research!
Her supervisors and reviewers were blown away with the outcomes, that the flexibility of hamstrings changed so much that they fully expected noone would believe her research enough to publish it!!
But, not only did hamstrings benefit, but there were big changes in back pain issues as well. That's what Feldenkrais is like, you get more benefit than you bargain for.
The movement sequences she used are simple to use, easy to do and not a secret if you ask me for them! I also make 1:1 and workshop trainings for groups available.......
Hamstrings are some of the most misunderstood muscles we have.......so let's clarify some things that is not so well understood. People usually understand that they bend the knee. But there is more in the detail than that.
Try this. Put your hands on the outside and back of the thigh just above the knee joint. You will feel the hamstring tendons under toy fingers; the muscle bulk is what makes up the back of the thigh, arising from your pelvic sitting bones and the back of the thigh.
The Hamstrings are the long muscles in the back of the thigh, that I encourage you to think of as like the reigns of a horse. When the outside ones contract, they turn the foot and shin outwards, the inside ones turn the foot inwards. It's important to get smooth coordination of them to avoid the stresses that bad organisation and shortness and tightness bring.
You will feel when you work them the way they are foot steering muscles...... When there is a mismatch between feet mobility and transfer of weight and change of direction, the incoordination and poor sequencing causes loads and stresses in the hamstrings which result in injury, sometimes including to the knee and the cruciate ligaments, and often including foot stresses as well.
By improving the coordination of the whole system of weight shifting, steering and change of direction, Feldenkrais lessons can open up problems that otherwise are a puzzle and locked up can of worms.......
And Feldenkrais approaches are panfree!