The spine – 24 vertebrae – is the central bony structure that connects our head and the pelvis. It has a chain-like ability to bend, twist and pull. It has curves that can function in a springlike fashion. It provides us with stability and moveability, and it has the potential to transmit forces. In short, the spine is fundamental to every movement!
Difficulties in the spine can have many reasons including injury and trauma, habitual pattern of use, or neurological damage. Many of us experience limitations and pain when the movement in the spine is compromised – we can’t bend easily, walking becomes more effortful, we have problems turning our head, and our posture shifts more into a fixed hunchback position. As a consequence, many people begin to limit their movement in some areas of their spine and overcompensate in other parts. This unbalanced use of ourselves can often result in more back pain.
In this series of lessons, we will look at ways to harmonize movement over the entire length of the spine. We are going to explore the natural curves of our spine – their flexibilities and their vital importance for easy movement. The development of an internal sense of its dimensions will help us to use more of ourselves.