Posted by Peg in South Carolina
A few months ago I discovered that many years of carrying very heavy purses draped over my right shoulder had resulted in shoulder and upper arm pains. I purchased a very small, very light purse, carrying it in my hand rather than on my shoulder, and started self massage and exercise. A few months later I find myself not totally cured, but well enough and not stupid enough to go back to the heavy purses.
Strangely, this problem had not impacted my weaving. Until about a week ago. My right shoulder started giving me trouble, especially when I received the shuttle with my right hand. So I did some analysis. I learned that the bench height vis-a-vis the front beam height was just fine. I learned that I am a shoulder raiser. Or at least I am a right shoulder raiser!
I suspect it was the shoulder raising that added insult to injury when I carried those heavy purses. I know I did raise my shoulder when my purse was on it because I have sloping shoulders and it was the only way to keep a purse on my shoulder.
So now, when I weave, I have to consciously think of that right shoulder as being heavily weighted down in order to relax it. As long as do that, I am fine. It now will probably always be natural for me to hike up that shoulder. I will have to be always watchful.