See what she’s doing with her left shoulder, there? That’s stabilised internal rotation and, if you’re struggling with non-dominant side grip strength or neck pain, it could be because you’re not doing that. Check out the video for more!

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5 Responses to “Shoulder Stability Exercise: Non-dominant Internal Rotators (VIDEO)”

  • Kate & Zena

    This is so interesting! So this is why my shoulders hurt when I don’t keep my arms tucked in and elastic when I ride! Biomechanics! It all makes sense! I love science.

  • Jan

    Thanks for your reply, Kevin. I’ll do as you said and incorporate it in the warm up. I will also speak to my teacher about this. We’re a small Chen-style group based in Vienna, so I think we’re too far and to few to make such a workshop viable. Should you be over here on other busines (nice holiday location, too, by the way), please let me know, and maybe we can work something out! Sadly, I won’t be in Seattle in August either, as I’d relly like to learn about this.
    However, I am also part of a somewhat larger group in the Northeast of England. They are practicing Praying Mantis, Wing Chun, BJJ, and Kettlebells, and they do workshops on a regular basis, so this might be a better fit. If you’re in the UK occasionally and interested, drop me an email and we can discuss further.

    I also want to take this opportunity and thank you for a well written site, I can’t think of an article I didn’t enjoy reading!

    • Kevin C Moore

      Jan, I’m gong to be in Zurich this April. Would your Vienna group still be interested in potentially doing some Reembody work?

  • Jan

    Very interesting, I do Taiji and it seems relevant for pushhands. How often should I do this exercise?

    • KevinMoore

      It is absolutely applicable, Jan.

      In your situation, I would use it as a warm up. For example, if you’re warming up for push hands with qi gong exercises, insert this one somewhere in that routine. Because the structures being stimulated will then be more active during your tai chi practice, I don’t think it would be necessary to do it much more often than that. You should feel a difference in the load capacity and range of motion in that shoulder immediately.

      Incidentally, I will be teaching a workshop on the biomechanics of tai chi in Seattle Washington in early August. If you’re located near by you might think about coming out and practicing with us. If not, do you think your tai chi community could benefit from such a workshop?


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