The Mobility Ring Review 

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The mobility ring program uses a small, portable, inexpensive gymnastics ring to re-calibrate the tension levels/patterns in your shoulders, arms and hands. It looks at the arms not just as a set of levers, that move in linear shapes but as a CONTINUOUS spiral of tissue. It acknowledges a spiraling pattern of dysfunction, which leads to aches, pains, and reduced capacity; as well as a spiral of healthy function, that leads to free moving upper limbs and enhanced grip strength. The ring with its spiraled focus, addresses the upper limbs in a way no  other tool is capable of.


The Shoulders, Arms and Hands

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I did not personally realize how beautiful and complex of a structure the upper limbs are, until I bought this program and studied it's material. The arms, shoulders and hands are capable of moving in a really wide variety of ways, and their innate capacity for movement is startling. They also present one of the hardest areas of the body to thoroughly release, integrate and heal. This is because, while the legs have evolved to use one primary surface as their anchor point in reality (the ground), the upper limbs evolved to use tools. Human beings are tool users, and thus the best way to get the arms to a place of optimized function is with a tool of some form or another.

People use broom sticks, light kettlebells, light clubs, and resistance bands to achieve this outcome, and while all these tools can all offer benefits, none of them can address the arms as a spiraling structure the way the gymnastics ring can. Due to its circular nature, the ring can address the more linear aspects of upper extremity movement, as well as its rotary capabilities. Upper limb injury and pain, ranging anywhere from the shoulder, elbow or hand is one of the most common occupational and recreational occurrences. People hurt their upper limbs a lot.

The Arms Express the Heart

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Beyond the reality of acute injuries, there is also chronic pain syndromes, often times manifesting for no apparent reason. This of course is tied to the functional tension bands in the arms, but chronic patterns of tension always carry an emotional component. Restrictions in the shoulders, arms, or hands are often related to our capacity to receive and or give love to the world. The legs offer us support, but the arms are our appendages of expression. Through them we hug, touch, work, create, communicate and even destroy. We can reach out our arms in embrace or use them to push back and say no.

It is through the arms that we most effectively “manipulate” the world around us. If they are in pain, then your relationship with your capacity to express, communicate or set healthy boundaries is in pain.  These unresolved emotional conflicts literally warp the spiral of healthy function and replaces it with dysfunctional strategies that manifest both in how we can literally, physically use our arms, as well as the emotional strategies we employ when interacting with others. If your literally afraid to reach out and grab something because of shoulder pain, then you will be afraid to “reach out” and get your needs met or connect with someone.

When I look at a program like the Mobility Ring, which is scientifically designed to restore back to its optimal function every possible range of motion of the arms and shoulders, I see a possibility for effectively addressing some of our emotional pain as well. I am not saying that the mobility ring program can instantly transform all your relationships, but it can definitely start to affect your “feeling” relationship to your upper limbs. With consistent use it can begin discharging the emotional wounding you have locked up in cold storage with your wounded arms. When it comes to restoring healthy function, our path is simpler when we realize we are not just working at a mechanical level, because the mind, emotions and body are one. To restore healthy physical function is to address our limiting emotional states as well.

This is upper body training for the 21st century 

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Mobility Ring Pro's 

  • Portable and easily accessible cutting edge upper body care
  • The use of complex movements that increase the "intelligence" of the upper limbs
  • Reduce pain in your shoulders, elbows, wrist and hands
  • Experience increased grip strength and shoulder activation in all your other activities
  • Once mastered, it requires a very short time investment of 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times a week to be effective
  • Become more expressive with your arms and hands
  • The removal of "fear reactivity" in the upper limbs
  • Gymnastic rings on the mobility ring website are very affordable

Mobility Ring Con's

  • Can be a bit difficult to get down the coordination of a few of the movements
  • May temporarily weaken the grip as unhealthy compensated tension get's reduced and replaced with healthier tension levels

My experience with the Mobility Ring program 

I experienced chronic shoulder, elbow and wrist pain for a long time, especially when I put them to use. This pain resulted from old structural injuries I acquired during my failed Crossfit days, back when I was 16-17 years old.  I have tried a great many different methods of shoulder rehab, and found only limited success with most of them. Only a few things have helped my shoulders in any real way, and surprisingly spiderman crawling has been one of them. However, crawling did not do a thing for my elbow and wrist pain, and can be a very energetically demanding form of "recuperation". Nothing I have tried has addressed my entire upper limb complex like this program. Its also not very intensive, and so it is very adaptable to a range of lifestyles and movement practices. 

Nothing else has made a difference for upper extremities like this program 

Really it is actually quite amazing, and I am honestly impressed at how effective some of these movements are at restoring healthy function. If after a movement practice I feel a shoulder clicking or not tracking properly, I will simply perform a few of the first basic movements of the program and the clicking stops and my shoulder function gets restored. Looking at the body in terms of its spiraling function is an old idea with its root in Asian energetics and martial arts, that is now gaining new traction. The idea certainly has a lot of merit behind it. It also helps that most of the movements are done with both hands and this is important because there is a band of connective tissue, that connects both shoulder's and it only gets optimally activated when both hands are attached to the same object. Regardless of why it works, I can say it certainly works and you do not even have to go into the more complex work to get most of the benefits. 

 

“To reverse the downward spiral of dysfunction and pain, you must restore the upward spiral of elastic power and precision”

– Neuro-Mobility Assessment Procedure
(N-MAP) maxim