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Introduction for the Free Your Hamstrings instructional video. Somatic exercises free muscles by retraining brain-level control — learn by doing, through movement.
Article, How Free Hamstrings Support Healthy Knees and a Better Way to Free Them
Prepare with the somatic exercises,
1. Calf Stretch Replacement Better Foot Strike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV4ZTpjXiQQ
2. Lesson 1 from Disproving the Myth of Aging (to free the back muscles): http://somatics.com/page7-back_pain.htm
Follow with Module 3b from Free Yourself from Back Pain, The Dog Stretch: http://somatics.com/page7-back_pain.htm
Part of the upcoming program, How to Overcome Sacro-iliac Pain Faster, by Yourself, Using Somatic Exercises (working title)
Tight hamstrings are more than tight hamstrings. Usually, they are also tight back muscles. Both places are part of the same action pattern — having to do with walking.
However, sitting is also involved. Tight hamstrings pull your bottom out from under, forward, making it necessary to use your back and your psoas muscles to sit more erect. Fatigue and soreness follow.
Cyclists get tight hamstrings, hip joint muscles, and psoas muscles from using toe-clips and then pulling backward and forward (in addition to the usual up-and-down movements).
See http://somatics.com/hamstrings-and-knees.htm for a useful article and a second hamstring exercise video. || related article: “Power Stretching” — different from what you already know | http://somatics.com/stretch.htm
This movement is best used as a polishing movement after the main hamstrings exercise linked at 30 seconds into this video.
Free the back muscles with The Cat Stretch Exercises (no cat required – or stretching, either — find out how). | http://somatics.com/page7-cat_audio.htm
Full article on tight back/back pain | http://somatics.com/wordpress/chronic-back-pain