Special #1112

Spinal Care

3 min - Special


Polestar® Pilates founder, Dr. Brent Anderson, shares with us his best tips for maintaining a healthy back that you can apply at anytime, anywhere. Axial elongation and spine articulation are the two key themes for the tips that Brent gives you.
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Jun 19, 2013
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Today, Brynne Anderson from Pollstar PyLadies will give us his favorite tips on maintaining a healthy back. And you know, I get stopped all the time. People asking me, you know, what can I do for my back? And I, I always revert back to our really basic principles in Pollstar, which are actually longer [inaudible] and spine articulation. I'm gonna show you two really cool ways to image it and to be able to use it wherever you are at any time of the day you can apply it. So first lesson, the disc in your spine is a little bit like a ball and a little bit squishy, but it really has movement in all directions and as a phenomenal part of our anatomy that allows us to move. So if we could imagine that the much smaller version, this ball is in each one of Christie's vertebra from the low back, all the way up to the neck. And then we imagined that we were going to pump up those balls and those vertebraes in her spine. So I'm going to give her a cue on the top of her head.

And what I want you to notice now as you'll watch it from the side or from the little bit of an angle, as I pumped those disc up, what's going to happen to our body? So we're pumping that up. You can hear this sound shoo, shoo, shoo and watch how the body naturally organizes without me having to tell her what muscle to use. She just gained about a half an inch in height and now has an organization where her rib cage is right on top of the pelvis. I didn't have to say tuck in that belly hollow the abdominals. Bring your belly button to the spine, bring your ribs over your pelvis.

Just the mere image of actually elongating and filling those discs and imagining them puffing up and creating that space gives you an axial elongation. So that's number one. Number two is we talk about spine articulation. So if I could, I would love to put all three in one oil in each of the segments of our spine to be able to get that movement there. But what we are really going to do is use the natural lubrication that's inside our spine already, which is called synovial fluid in our joints. Now, how we get there is through spine articulation. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna think of, um, articulating the spine in very subtle movements.

We're going to start with her and sitting on the reformer just on the edge here. So I'm going to have her sit down. And what I want her to think of the feet grounded on, on the floor is that we're just going to start sending a message up the spine by gently rocking the pelvis and Shirley and posteriorly still maintaining that axial length. So she does it. I want her to use less and less muscle each time and to fill that spine articulating higher and higher up towards her head. So again, you can be sitting on a plane, you could be sitting in a chair, in a meeting, and you could be at your desk in your office or at a home in a chair at the dinner table if you're feeling stiff. The treatment for stiffness is movement, treatment through movement, healing through movement. That's the key impulse star. That's the cue for today on Amy's podcast.

We hope that you can articulate and that you can actually elongate and have a healthy spine. This is Dr. Brian Anderson checking out [inaudible]. Thank you for watching today's episode and please subscribe to our channel if you haven't done so already. For full access of melodies, classes, tutorials, and workshops, go to Claudia's anytime.com see you next week. Ladies. Anytime is a virtual philosophy studio where you can take real classes with real students. We offer classes at all levels and we add about five new classes every week. Bloodies anytime is always here for you. 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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thx so much, Brent! So glad I'm on the "same page" with my clients & classes when cuing spinal elongation/articulation. So helpful to get that validation...
(plus, my fab teacher was Karen Sanzo... :)

I look forward to taking your online workshops!

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