Episode4

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drsh2020
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04 Jun 2020, 05:29

Hi Nathalie,

This is a great course, I am very happy to be part of it.
I am currently on week4 for past 2 days. I need some guidance on the following:

1. In the handstand kicking to the wall, I am able to get into the handstand sometimes head touches the wall and I get down to adjust such that my head is not touching the wall.
When getting down from this holding position, I am having a little bit of difficulty getting down.

2. When I am facing towards the wall and climbing, I am having some difficulty getting down.
And my hands are not as close to the wall like yours, mine are like 1-2 feet away from the wall.
Not sure if that is the reason or not engaging the required muscle groups.

3. In the last endurance set of bending knees to chest and straightening, would like to know if it is okay to maintain distance from the wall to hand as the distance in the L shape hold.

4. Some of my fingers are feeling little numb after the practice, is this common.

Thanks & appreciate all your help and support Nathalie!
Veena
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Natalie Reckert
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Joined: 17 Sep 2019, 21:14

04 Jun 2020, 13:59

Hello Veena,

Thank you for asking so many great questions :)

Well done also to making it as far as Episode 4! I can tell by your questions too that you are putting a lot of thought and effort into the exercises.

1. I wonder why your head touches the wall here. Are you looking between your fingers? Are you maybe overshooting your shoulders further than your wrists when doing the kick up? Are you rounding your back properly or are you maybe arching? I belive I have sent you this before but just in case here it is one more time, my kick up video, whoch contains the most important aspects of how to kick up: https://youtu.be/wgcR-6xJvAw

If you like you can also post a video of that kick up against the wall here. (I think that you should be able to add videos or links here. As the forum is relatively new I am not 100% sure but it should work) I believe it can be an attachment or a link to a youtube video, which if you mark it as unlisted will only appear to the people who click on the link and you can delete it anytime-

Coming out of this position - So you mean, once you are up in the handstand it is hard to come down? That is quite common.
What you need to do is to push actively away from the wall with one foot like in the end of this at 15:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x422oqSJRUA
Additionally you can actually bend one knee and with the actual flat foot push the body away from the wall. Practice this a few times with short holds so that you train the "exit route"

2. Do you mean the handstand holds with your front against the wall or the wall walks? In the handstand holds try to be as close to the wall as possible. Fear of falling may be the thing that keeps you from walking closer in which case try to cartwheel out of the handstand a few times to practic ethe "exit routes"
If you mean the handstand wall walks don't worry if you are not very close to the wall. That exercise si about walking more than the handstand position.

3. Yes this numbness is common. At the end of Episode 6 you find a range of wrist stretches and especially nerv stretches which are the important ones to alleviate the numbness. Have a look at those and add them to the end of your session.
Also push the whole of your palm onto the floor, my guess is that you have a lot of weight on the back /the base of the wrist.
The numbness occurs for two reasons: one is that your whole body weight is pushing down onto the base of your hand where all the nervs run trough to your fingers. So the nerves get a bit squashed and they don't like that (that is why it is better to push the whole palm into the floor, to take weight of the back).
And second, you are building and using a lot of muscles around your shoulder and as the muscles tighten your nerves are less elastic inside the muscle. Healthy nerves are like a seperate string and move smoothly inside the muscle. That is what the nerv stretches are for: to gently pull the nerves so they keep running smoothly through the muscles.
Have a look around the internet if you find it interesting, there are many nerv stretches out there that you can add to the ones in Episode 6.

This numbness is also the reason why I recommend using handstand blocks, they help you to practice longer and with less wrists strain. I'll send you the link here, most people are fine without them but they are an option: https://www.akrobatik-shop.de/shop-1/na ... t-edition/

Hope this helps,

Keep up the good work and best wishes!
drsh2020
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07 Jun 2020, 20:14

Hi Nathalie,

I tried to upload video but I get error invalid file extension. Could you please guide me on what extensions are allowed.
Mine is mp4 video.

Thanks,
Veena
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Natalie Reckert
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Joined: 17 Sep 2019, 21:14

08 Jun 2020, 14:21

Hello Veena,

Please try one more time.

I have changed the maximum upload size to 1MB.

The other option is to send a link to an uploaded youtube video that you can mark as unlisted so that only people who have the link can see it.

Thank you for your patience.
drsh2020
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08 Jun 2020, 18:53

Thanks Nathalie, but I am still getting the error as before as the file type is invalid.
Mine is mp4 video.

Thanks,
Veena
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Natalie Reckert
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09 Jun 2020, 16:55

Hello Veena,

I have notified my tech wizard to fix this.

In the meantime you can send a Youtube link or send me an email with the file to nataliereckert ((at) hotmail . de

Thank you
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