Basic 2: Extreme muscle control by Neil keleher

Basic 2: Extreme muscle control

Stabilizing your extremities

With extreme muscle control you'll learn the simple action of stabilizing your extremities, in short your hands and feet.

How do you create stability?
One way is to use opposing muscles against each other. The nice thing about this simple action is not only does it create stability, it also generates sensation.

When you create stability within your body you can feel it.

So in part, this course is about stabilizing your extremities. But in part it's also about learning to feel them.

Laying a foundation

If you are building a tall building, in general you start with the foundation. Then from there, each level acts as the foundation for the one above it.

With extreme muscle control, the idea is to stabilize your extremities, so that you can anchor muscles that are closer to your center.

If you stabilize your feet, you help to anchor muscles that act on both the knee and the hip.
If you stabilize your hands, you help to anchor muscles that act on your elbow and shoulder.

You can also work from the center outwards, but in this course the focus is on working from the extremities inwards.

Turning stability into control

To use your body intelligently, you need to know more than just how to create stability. You also need sensitivity so that you can feel your body, and use it to feel the things that you are in contact with.
With sensitivity, feeling, you can notice changes and respond to them.

To that end, part of this course is also about learning to use your extremities to feel your own center of gravity. You'll also learn to vary tension and the way that you use your body so that as well as feeling your center of gravity you can also use your extremities (when they are supporting your body weight) to help control your center of gravity.

In short, what you can begin learning is how to improve your balance.

Using stability to improve flexibility

Another aspect of extreme muscle control is that you can use it to help improve your flexibility.

When you anchor one end of a muscle, you improve your ability to control that muscle. In this case, control means being able to activate that muscle or relax it.

Another way to think about anchoring is that with one end of a muscle anchored, the brain has a reference it can use. It is either causing that muscle to activate towards that anchor point, or it is allowing it to relax so that it can lengthen away from the fixed end point.

In either case you have control.

Note that just activating your hands or feet isn't guaranteed to improve flexibility. But it can help. 

If nothing else, it can provide the foundation for other muscle control techniques. And what you may then find is that it is the sum total of all of these that helps you to improve your flexibility. How so?

Because they give you choices in how to operate your body. And depending on how you feel, and how your body is, on any given day, one technique will be more appropriate than another.

So what you gain is not just physical flexibility. You gain mental flexibility also.

A 2000 dollar vacuum.

I once bought a 2000 dollar vacuum. Yes, I was an idiot. 

The salesperson even got me a credit card so that I could buy the thing. I didn't even have a couch. (He wanted to show me how the vaccuum could suck up lots of unmentionable things from under the cushions. He was at rather a loss knowing that I didn't have one.) Anyway, there I was stuck with monthly payments on this hunk of metal. (it was dammed heavy). And only a while later did I notice, on the back of one of the pieces of paper that came with my purchase, that I could return it in 10 days. The note mentioned high pressure sales tactics. But was also printed in small print. And the most important thing was that I did't know that I could have returned the thing.

Anyway, if you aren't happy with this product, know that you've got 30 days to let me know from the date of purchase. Just use the contact icon at the bottom of your screen and I'll get you your money back. 

So where's that vacuum now? Who knows. I'm pretty sure even the bags where expensive. 

More to the point, the lessons in this course are designed to last you a lifetime. Yes there is more stuff to learn, but the idea here is that when you learn to feel your body, and control it, that's something that you can carry with you into anything that you do. 

It's a routine, and it includes the splits

So if I haven't already mentioned, this course is in the form of a routine. It does include tips on using the particular muscle control techniques focused on in this course for working towards front splits and side splits. 

And it also includes some balance work. 

In addition, it also includes some basic yoga poses, showing you how you can use "stabilizing your extremities" both while standing and in poses like side plank, chaturanga dandasana, and downward dog. 

What's included?

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Contents

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Extreme Stability 0 Extra 1a Seated Get Up and Leg Lift.mp4
15 mins
Extreme Stability 2.mp4
30 mins
Extreme Stability 1.mp4
31 mins
Extreme Stability 4.mp4
24 mins
Extreme Stability 3.mp4
20 mins