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Support & Strengthen Joints with Plate Balancing

Support Strengthen Joints with Plate Balancing

Joint health is easy to take for granted when you’re in smooth working order. But at the first flinch of pain, you quickly realize how much of your life can be impacted by joint pain.

Your bones and joints are the foundation of the body’s structural strength and resilience. Every bone is connected to the next by a joint cushioned with cartilage, and wear and tear at these points can be highly painful.

These are the most common joint pain points.

Major Joints of Pain
Both preventative and treatable with a consistent and mindful approach, much of the inflammation and pain in the joints can be reduced to a manageable or even undetectable level.

In addition to diet, which we will cover later this month, exercise activates your body's self-healing abilities, and is important for keeping your joints strong, healthy and flexible.

Some reasons healthy joints deteriorate are:

  • Natural Aging Process
  • Injuries
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle Loss
  • Excess Weight

The Plate Balancing Exercise, developed by Ilchi Lee, is a unique exercise with an array of benefits ranging from improved digestion to stronger joints. Balancing a plate while moving may feel a little unnatural at first if you have never waited on tables, but just as a waitress skillfully weaves through a crowded restaurant with hot food balanced on her palm, you too will soon be a master.

Experience a taste of what this interesting exercise has to offer and enjoy the beautiful and calming scenery of Sedona, Arizona.

The fluid motion of the exercise and the relaxed nature of the body allows the muscles to work without any impact or excessive resistance. This exercise is great if you sit at a desk all day or if you don’t sit once during the day!

The hips, knees, ankles, lower back, wrists and shoulders are places we most commonly hold tension. Plate Balancing allows you to open up the entire body from head-to-toe and build strength where you need it most.

We recommend starting with 10 minutes a day in the morning or evening. As you build strength and master the motion, you can increase the time you practice.

If you don’t want to use plates from the kitchen, you can hold a book, CD case, or anything that will help you maintain the position of the hand (steady palm facing up).

Give Plate Balancing a shot and tell us how you feel!

Written by Morgan Garza
Morgan is a free spirit, world traveler and a lover of light. She loves to write about and research our inner healing power to help people realize their true potential. An avid practicer of yoga and meditation, Morgan is continuously evolving. She encourages all of us to follow our dreams by taking that first step into the unknown and truly practices what she preaches.
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I love doing the plate balancing! However, I noticed that this group does the circling with the plate in the right hand while the right foot is forward and left arm behind the back. In the Solar Body training video course, the plate movement is done with the hand opposite to the foot you have forward, which feels more balanced. Is there a right and a wrong here? Thank you. 
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Hi Gill! Actually, the opposite or same side are both fine for plate balancing. But each has different benefits. Benefit of Opposite: helpful for balancing. People who feel easily dizzy or unbalanced can try this. Benefits of Same side: helpful for deeper stimulation. People who want a deeper stretch can use this. Feel free to try both out and see what works best for you.
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