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    Hi everyone,

    I'm Anna, 35 years old. I'm new here. A little quick backstory on me...I originally heard of ttapp and started close to 10+ years ago. I had several VHS tapes back then! However, when I started back then I never fully did ttapp all on its own. I was a cardio and weight junkie and in shape at the time. Then over the years I fell off the bandwagon with ttapp and eventually stopped. Fast forward to many years and pounds later, on top of a knee injury (that has kept me from doing cardio 3 years now) and a hormonal imbalance (pcos, estrogen dominant, insulin resistancet and also having a severe gluten intolerance also contributing to weight & leaky gut) ...with all of this my weight had piled on despite healthy eating. Sorry that was a lot!

    So several weeks ago I came across the ttapp site randomly and started reading all the success stories again. I thought to myself why not dig up those old VHS tapes and really try this time. Well I found out my fiance had dumped all our old VHS tapes since we hardly used them anymore. So I reordered and received the total workout dvd system a few days ago, as well as hit the floor.

    So far I've done 2 basic plus instructional workouts. 2 days in a row. My fiance is even doing it with me! He loves that it's only 15 minutes and we were so impressed with Teresa's Yes You Can DVD! Ok so here comes my PBS question. The one part I am struggling with is I'm not able to clasp my hands behind my back during PBS. I can grab my fingers but I do not have the flexibility to clasp my palms together. Also I think since I'm heavier now my larger upper body is also making it harder. Is there a modification for the hand clasp for a beginner like me? It makes it hard to pump my arms as well after I try to clasp. I want to make sure I am doing this correctly.

    Also does anyone do basic plus twice a day? Is it ok to do twice if I have the energy and my form isn't comprimised? I'll be doing a sesh in morning then possibly another in early evening with my fiance.

    Is dry brushing done best before or after a workout?

    I must say I'm blown away at how much I already feel my muscle activation in just two workouts so far! I don't even recall feeling it this much 10+ years ago, tho I am more determined than ever now. my guess is I didn't fully have the form down back then!

    Also, I must note how devastated I was to recently find out of Teresa's passing. She is SO inspiring and motivating! I would have loved to have the honor of meeting her some day!

  • #2
    Welcome Anna_J!

    "Is dry brushing done best before or after a workout?" Personally, I prefer to dry brush before bedtime, when I do not feel rushed. I find it relaxing as well. I got the idea from another Tapper. Keep reading ... =D
    As I always say, T-Tapp is God-Given and God Guided. I am honored to have the opportunity to share what's been gifted to me. There is so much more woven within each of the T-Tapp exercise and special sequences within the workouts than just a means to lose inches and look good......

    So good luck....just do your personal best and you WILL continue to repair/rebuild from the inside out and your body will continue to look, feel and FUNCTION better too. - Teresa (April 12, 2018)

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    • #3
      Welcome back to T-tapping, Anna J! I am glad that you can already feel some benefits from your moving. I hope that Trisch and Ayj will chime in and reply your questions. I think that it is ok for me to write that it is best to do Basic once a day. You can add a PBS or HD, though. Less is More and your muscles need to rest too.

      Do you have More? In that workout, you hold a towel and kind of turn your hands behind your back in the PBS. I think that would be the answer to your question about how to clasp your hands. Due to health issues, I do not do Basic, but other DVDs like SF, More and stepping and floor workouts.

      Feel free to join our 6 week thread where we encourage each other. https://forum.t-tapp.com/forum/main-...-14-jan-20-wk3

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      • #4
        Hello Anna. I too am working my way back to T-Tapp. I never really 100% stopped and dry brushing is one thing I have continued with. What I can remember is "brush when you can/will". And it's perfectly fine to brush more than once a day. There is a modified version of hands behind your back, using a towel. I think it's in the Instructional 1. I also remember that repeating the same workout in the same day is not beneficial. If you do not feel wiped out and you'd like to get in more T-Tapp, you could move on to Instructional 2 and go as long as you can while keeping good form. If you feel you can't, then stop. It doesn't help if you aren't keeping good form.

        Trisch or Ayj will pop in and give much better guidance.

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        • #5
          Welcome back, Anna!

          We like to say the best time to dry brush is when you'll do it! I personally do it either before my workout or before a shower, but do it when it best suits you and you can stay consistent with it.

          For the hand clasp--it is better to keep palms together than to straighten elbows. I personally don't straighten all the way--and I've been T-Tapping for 12 years now! (Trainer for 7!) Think of it as opening up the pecs and think of doing that from elbow to shoulder vs driving it with the wrists. You can also use a towel as others have shared:
          • Grasp the towel behind your back, keeping wrists about shoulder width apart (i have my clients rest the wrist in the "thumb holders" where we place the thumbs for Primary Back Stretch)
          • Stretch the thumbs toward each other on top of the towel to keep from gripping too hard and causing tension and inflammation
          • Turn the thumbs towards your bun cheeks--do NOT flex the wrists! Remember it's about opening the pecs and rotating shoulders back--not straight arms
          • Arm pumps and movements may be minimal, but you'll feel it!
          I personally only go to my bun cheeks--not twisting all the way out. I hope that makes sense!


          As for doing 2 Basics a day--only one is advised. T-Tapp is so effective and it's easy to head into overtraining without realizing it! You might find the tips in this blogpost helpful to get more out of your Basic--and only need to do it once!

          http://beyouthfulnfit.com/some-basic-tips

          If you want to get some movement in in the morning and do the workout together with your fiance, you could do Primary Back Stretch, T-Tapp Twist (or even just the stretch) and Hoedowns. We call that the "Terrific Three"! You could actually do PBS and any 2 moves after that if you wish. Or even just PBS and T-Tapp Twist stretch.

          I hope this is helpful! So glad you came back to T-Tapp and are noticing improvements already!
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          • #6
            "Primary Back Stretch, T-Tapp Twist (or even just the stretch) and Hoedowns. We call that the "Terrific Three"!"

            Trisch, I hadn't heard that expression. I may try those three moves in the morning even if HD may be tough for me on an empty stomach.

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            • #7
              I have to piggy-back on Trisch comments for opening the pec is the purpose and do not pronate the shoulder. This move is intended to stretch out the fascia, put our upper body back to correct posture and alignment, and also open up the thoracic ducts and portal to drain the lymph from head to next to the lymph portal and dump them to our intestines.

              I have tight pec (not big bosom, but either case would be the similar issue of not being about to clasp the hand together), and I definitely cannot and should not twist my arms like Total. I can use a towel, but I will strain my elbow and wrist as I have short arms, wide shoulder and tight pec combination. So, if I have carpal tunnel or elbow pain, I will opt to not to even clasp my hand in anyway.

              I use the shoulder and hand rotation in Total Super Slow for no touch arm lift. Just let my arms hang straight from shoulder, then do hang loose hand with finger folder but thumb stretch out (similar to bear claw in Senior Fit), then rotate the shoulder out to the side wall. Eventually the rotation will get my thumb to rotate from pointing to front wall to side wall and even to the back wall. My shoulder will be rotated out and no pronation ever, then I lift my arms with thumb still pointing to back wall and pump my arms for a few inches in the arm pump.

              One more thing, when the pec is open in the shoulder rotation, the shoulder blades are pressed in at the spinal area.
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              • AlisaJDrury
                AlisaJDrury commented
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                ayj67 - Aurora, I will look at TSS to see exactly what you mean, but do you basically just do it without the towel? I have been getting straining in my right elbow, forearm and down to my hand due to the towel in More 1 so looking for an alternative so I can still strengthen that area.

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              "I use the shoulder and hand rotation in Total Super Slow for no touch arm lift." Ayj, I will check out/do the PBS from TSS. I have done it once, but it was quite a while ago.

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              • #9
                Welcome back to T-Tapp!

                I've been consistently T-Tapping for 3 1/2 years, off and on for 8 years, and I still cannot do the arms pumps the way they're shown in Basic. If I try, I don't get much out of it because I'm compromising form to make it "look right." I have to use a towel or do them the Senior Fit way. Using a towel makes me feel looser and better. The Senior Fit way is faster and less mentally taxing. For me, anyway.

                One workout that's really helping me loosen up my tight upper body is a digital workout called Teresa's Favorite Fascia Stretch. I don't think it's one you could jump right in to doing, you'd probably want to start with an entry level floor workout first.
                Lisa. 46 years old.
                Homeschooling 4 great kids and nursing surprise toddler #5.
                T-Tapping since 2010, consistent since 2015!

                I got to meet and workout with Teresa in 2014. I am forever grateful to her and will never forget her.

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                • AlisaJDrury
                  AlisaJDrury commented
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                  Lisa, How funny that the towel helps you and I have a hard time with it. Gripping it exacerbates my (non-diagnosed but creepy up) carpal tunnel and thumb tendonitis and then makes my elbow hurt I thought I was doing it wrong, but seeing Trisch explain it, I am doing it right so I know its holding the towel. I am so glad piper1 pointed out this thread because Aurora's explanation is exactly where I am hurting.

                • Soliloquy72
                  Soliloquy72 commented
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                  I have carpal tunnel, too, and i have to be really careful with the towel. My wrists are always giving out.

                  Do you have Foot and Finger Fitness? That really helped my carpal tunnel!

              • #10
                Ladies, how long did it take you to get used to dry brushing? I have the set, but am scared to try LOL I am extremely ticklish so I know it is going to be hard getting used to.
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                • Soliloquy72
                  Soliloquy72 commented
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                  Hmm, it's more of a scratch than a tickle. I have dry skin so I'm always a little itchy and it feels good to me.

              • #11
                Back to the towel for hands behind on PBS--Alisa, you can also not twist out at all. Just point thumbs toward each other and gently pull the towel apart. You will need to refocus often as path of least resistance means you're relax your hold a bit. If that still bothers you, then yes, as Aurora explained, you can fold fingers/stretch thumbs and turn just to your ability--a little, side wall, or towards back wall. You can do the arm pumps that way, but focus on lifting back and not to the side (path of least resistance). Keep thumbs stretching to help keep activation while doing the head rolls, tilts and turns.

                For brushing--I don't think it took too long. You will need to find the balance between enough pressure to not be ticklish, but not too hard!
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                • AlisaJDrury
                  AlisaJDrury commented
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                  Trisch BlessedMama Thank you for this. If I just activate by pulling towel and not twisting will I get to a point of being able to twist? Will pulling to activate give me the same results as at least trying to twist without the towel? Hope this makes sense.

                  It feels a lot better today so maybe the T-Tapp Tuesday Finger video is helping. I love the stretching part with thumbs down and then thumbs up. The thumbs up and out is a little tender but feels kind of good too.
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