Whew. Finally itʻs cooler outside, you want to breath some fresh air, do your part to combat global warming. Turn off your AC, roll your shirtsleeves up, and open the window!
EASIER SAID THAN DONE! Here in my Brooklyn rent-a-home, weʻve got some windows that open like a charm, and some that seem to weigh 100 lbs. Yes, there is a wrong way to open a window:
1) Brace your legs.
2) Grab the window and lift it by hiking your shoulders up towards your head.
3) When that doesnʻt do anything, haul your head and shoulders back and down behind you while arching at the lower back. Viola, the window is open, and your back is in spasm.
Now for the right way to open a window:
1) Donʻt make assumptions about how hard it may be, just touch your fingers to the bottom of the window pane.
2) Unbrace your legs
3) Leave your head where it is, and get a good strong connection from your fingertips to the window by sending your elbows out and slightly down, not squeezing your armpits. This may actually send your head up a little instead of pulling it back and down.
4. Once you have a good strong connection with the window, release your head forwards and up towards the sky outside your window, your back away from the window and towards the wall behind you, and your knees forward towards the window wall. You will feel your feet spread as they give your arms something to push away from.
5. Keep sending all your parts in opposing directions as you lower your whole body from the ankle, knee, and hip joint, and send your arms away from your back as you lift the window with EVERYTHING.
Viola! Open window, stretched back.
Iʻd love to hear from you – is there anything you are struggling with that seems like it should be simple and easy enough – but every time you do it your grip your neck and shoulders and strain? Let me know and Iʻll try to find a solution!