The new teaching term has started for me and my students here in the UK.
In last week’s Fit Sit class, I taught a Twisting Masterclass that I wanted to share with you.
I love this lesson for many reasons.
As we get older, we tend to ‘forget’ that we have the ability to twist or rotate through the upper part of our spine.
This can begin to affect our walking and our balance and our ability to support the use of our arms and heads from the spine. I am sure you know and have seen many people who walk with barely any perceptible movement in this part of the back. Some flap their arms at the elbows as a substitute for the counter-rotation of the chest to the pelvis that makes for a smooth and graceful walk.
The lesson explores several twisting variations that powerfully bring this ability back into our awareness and connects this ability to the lengthening and shortening of the spine.
I have worked with many people who need help with what is called ‘forward head posture’. As this becomes more extreme it can cause intense pain and the muscles of the neck and shoulders tend to become solid in an attempt to stop the person from simply falling over.
The more forward the head, the more the upper part of the back rounds back in an attempt to counterbalance the downward pull of the weight of the head.
I have used variations of this lesson twice in the past week with clients who have this forward head posture to help give them the sense that this part of the back can lengthen up to support the head as the chin moves back towards the throat. This is a sense that they are missing and can be a powerful corrective that they can begin to apply in their standing and walking.
The lesson will be on my YouTube channel for the next 14 days. You can find it by clicking on the link below:
Here are some of the comments I have received since the first few days of posting:
Wonderful way to start the week. Glad you are back. Love your clear, concise instructions and caring attention to detail 🙏🏾 Thank you. Nthathu Allen
OMG. It's such a lovely and carefully considered treat for the whole spine. Thank you so much, Stewart. What a pleasure to see you again. Victoria Lao.
Excelente clase! Muchas gracias! Lorhada
If you find the time to explore the lesson do let me know how you got on. I love to hear from my students.