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  1. Hi there! I hope this is the right subforum, even if I have not recorded a video. My question regarding the german hang: Is Protraction absolutely necessary to safely apply force to my shoulders? In other words: Can I be confident about not harming myself in the long run when just letting the shoulder girdle relax and slide into retraction? Some more background info: I am fairly strong and especially my shoulder girdle is quite tight and rigid. However I can get into the german hang even in a retracted state without any shoulder pain whatsoever and the stretch feels even more intense when I do not protract my shoulders. I assume since my shoulder blades can move freely and I do not feel any pain, it should be safe to go for the deeper stretch? I watched quite a lot of videos on the subject in which people teach to always protract the shoulders "to control the position" without giving any further information on the subject. Cheers, Thomas
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