Lifting With the Armpits

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.

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Craig Mallett

I am a teacher (and student!) of the Daoist tradition known as Ba Men Da Xuan. The tutorials shown on this page are *not* from the Da Xuan tradition, rather they are a reflection and repository of my accumulated practices before this, including a decade of training traditional Chinese martial arts (Xin Yi Liu He, Cha Quan and Yang style Tai Chi) under Dapeng Wang, various explorations of MovNat, Ancestral Movement, Gymnastic Bodies, various Movement Culture modalities, Stretch Therapy, Physical Alchemy, Parkour, Dance, and much more.

Many of the courses found on this page bear the Aware Relaxed Connected or Physical Alchemy logo and website.  ARC was the original name of my solo explorations, and from 2017 - 2018 I was joined with Dave Wardman under the banner Physical Alchemy (a banner which this site shared for a time). ARC no longer exists and Physical Alchemy has returned to being just Dave; I am now back to rolling solo - this time without a particular brand name, just me :)

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