Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Benefits of twisting

Thought is the sculptor who can create the person we want to be.
-Henry David Thoreau

To twist effectively, it´s important to understand how the spine moves.

The lower back (lumbar) is designed not to twist, but to flex forward and back.

Stabilize it by engaging your core abdominal muscles, then twist the back of your rib-cage (thoratic spine)
and back of the neck (cervical spine).

Twisting poses:
-stretches and strengthens the spine

-stretches and maintain flexibility in the intervertebral discs and ligaments

-cleanses and massages internal organs

-alternately stretches and compresses each side of the chest improving respiratory function

-stretches neck, shoulder, hips, knees and ankles

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