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How To Save Your Hands From Typing
Want to see what I’m looking at right now? This!!!!
I’m at the Nutritious Movement Center in Sequim, Washington, and there are a whole bunch of private movement sessions for the new certifying students taking place all around me. Fun!!!
I’ll be teaching my class tomorrow (we’re going to work on squats) – but today, I’m taking group classes, observing other private sessions, and most importantly, writing this blog post. Live from Sequim! Today, I’m going to share one of the best exercises we’ve done this week, taught by my lovely colleague Carol Robbins.
Are you at a computer right now? If so, you’re probably reading rather than typing, so what I’d like you to do is to put your hands on the keyboard and pretend you’re writing an email.
Now look at your hands.
Where are your index finger knuckles relative to your pinky knuckles? Are your palms flat, or cupped? Check out the curves in your fingers. Do your hands look like mine do?
If you type a lot, your body has probably adapted to this position by creating a semi-permanent ‘cupped’ shape to your hands. The tension of this shape will translate into your other movements. It can actually limit your ability to move all the way from your fingers up to your neck.
So here’s an amazing stretch to help you undo the typing claw.
Undo The Typing Claw
Start by placing the backs of your hands together at around rib level. Make sure the backs of your wrists and the backs of your thumbs touch, and allow your fingers to gently interweave.
Keeping all of this together (that’s the hard part), start rotating your hands so that your thumbs travel up and out. You should end up with your pinkies next to your torso and your fingers pointing up.
So maybe you have enough stretch here. And if so, that’s awesome. If it’s really intense, don’t go further – it won’t actually help you make change if you go past your limits. You’re done, and you can hang out her for a minute or so, enjoying the many sensations this stretch creates.
But, say you’re ready to take it a bit further. If this is you, you’re in luck! Proceed to step three.
Look down at your hands. Are your pinkies squished into your chest? Are only the tips of your thumbs touching?
Do your best to rotate your hands a bit further, so that your pinkies are no longer resting on your chest (or at least, not as much). Reach the backs of your thumbs together. This may not actually create any movement, but it could create lots of sensation.
Now hang out here for a bit. Stay active and continue to work on your hand rotation and thumbs together.
This stretch is a great way to take a break from typing, and you can do it anytime, anywhere. Since your body responds to frequency, that’s exactly what I recommend!
Petra is a movement educator and personal trainer with a passion for helping people find greater ease, joy and health in their bodies. She believes that better movement can help every body - and she's always happy to chat about it. When she's not teaching, you'll probably find her hanging out on a set of monkey bars.