#36alive 85: Shake

What if I was to tell you that there is a way to feel good first thing in the morning, putting a smile on your face while loosening up your limbs, in just 60 seconds. Well there is….shaking (typed in italic in an attempt to give the illusion of shaking)

Shaking is a technique I have been using for a while and something that I like to add to my classes. It is a great way to release tension in the body, help unwind any knots, release the fascia, hydrate our tissues, and above all else, it’s fun.

Shaking has been used in many ancient movement techniques such as Qi Gong and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE), and as I find with most things that have been around for hundreds of years…..they work.

I like to do this first thing in the morning or after sitting down for any length of time and feel like I am stagnating. We can hold stress in our body, tensing certain areas (such as the jaw) without realising it, by shaking we can help reduce the tension leaving us feeling looser and happier. It’s virtually impossible not to smile once you finally let go and begin to shake. Often in a class people will feel a little self-conscious at first but after 10-15 seconds that has gone with everyone shaking and moving without a care in the world.

They are techniques that can induce involuntary shaking, such as TRE, but what I am talking about here is shaking on your own accord, moving about in a random way whilst shaking the body as you move.

There is no real right or wrong here, just shake however feels natural, give it a go and lets all shake, rattle and roll, shake and bake, shake n vac, and shake our tail feathers.


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