In this tutorial you will learn how to use the muscles in the armpit (and parts of the back) to lift the arm, rather than the muscles on top of the shoulder and neck. Lifting the arm in this way will have a few effects, the most prominent of which are the awakening of the deep armpit muscles and the relaxation of the trapezius and surrounding neck muscles. The trapezius (trap) in particular is a muscle which holds lots of tension due to stress, and is massively over active due to modern habits of sitting on couches, in front of computers and in cars.
Practicing this routine for just a few minutes each day will rapidly change the experience you have of your shoulder and eventually build the connection between the arm and the torso, allowing to use your arm with great ease and relaxation. It also has implications for various qi gong and martial applications, as well as assisting with strength and flexibility of the shoulder.
Craig is a principal member of Physical Alchemy. He was subject to many of Dave’s early experiments, which broke him out of stasis and propelled him into becoming a dedicated student of the Da Xuan Daoist tradition. He teaches within Physical Alchemy and is also the instructor of the Da Xuan School in Sydney. Prior to this, he studied the traditional Chinese martial arts of Xin Yi Liu He Quan and Cha Quan under Dapeng Wang for a decade as well as many other modalities of movement, strength, flexibility and general physical development.
Many of the courses found on this page bear the Aware Relaxed Connected logo and website. This was Craig's former website, which was merged with Physical Alchemy when Craig and Dave joined forces. ARC no longer exists but all the important aspects can now be found here on the Physical Alchemy website and tutorial page.