Posted on Jun 9, 2014 in Articles

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This is a short video to exemplify the brushing.

This technique is fundamental in imprinting a good line of traction to the muscular fibers.  It refines the agonist/antagonist relationship at the same time that it encourages metabolism and drainage.  The bristles of the brush should be strong.

You can brush your shoulder girdle whilst seated or standing. However it is very important that the spine is aligned.

Before you start Brushing your arms take a few moments to observe how both arms feel.  Note if there are areas of discomfort or tightness.

Start on the base of the skull, more precisely on the occipital bone.  Hold the brush with the two hands, pressing it into the sub-occiptal space. You should feel the bristles firmly stimulating that area from side to side.

Brush down the path of the upper fibres of trapezius muscle, using the opposite hand.  Follow the path down to the shoulder blade. Brush from the spine out to the shoulder, going over elevator scapula, romboids if you can reach.

Brush the muscles that connect the shoulder blade to the arm. The aim is to warrant length to the rotator cuff, and a better relationship between scapula and humerus.

Brush the triceps muscle down towards the elbow.

All the time observe that the shoulder joint is well placed.

Continue by brushing the hairless part of your forearm, all the way to the tip of the fingers.

Keep the hands close to the middle line of your body and make sure that the hand remains in a nicely domed shape.

Keep a slight radial deviation on the wrist – to the thumb. (This is a physiological characteristic of human motor development that should be encouraged in order to avoid pathologies such as carpal tunnel syndrome)

To refine the relationship with the antagonists muscles of the muscles you just brushed, follow the “return path” and brush up the back of your hand. Brush the hairy part of the forearm up to the elbow. Brush the biceps muscle up.

Brush a figure 8 horizontally on the front of pectoralis muscles.

Brush up the ECM to the mastoid process.

Repeat this whole process a few times.

Put the brush down and take a few moments to compare both sides.

Move one arm, move the other.

Compare the range of motion and agility of the side that has been brushed and the one that hasn’t.