“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” –Bob Harper

One of my all-time favorite things is people watching. I love it. I make up little stories about people. I study their movements and body language. Massage and Yoga has heightened my people watching skills. Now when I watch people walk and move and notice things like the way their knees turn in or out when standing, or forward head posture which results in lack of a curve in the neck, aka “Arch of life”. I see their walking patterns and the way hips tilt and rib cages compensate. It’s really strange how many people are living in pain.

All I know is I hope I never get old. I know that is impossible but we have all seen the old lady who can only manage to scoot inch-by-inch to her destination. Or the man who looks like he is bending over for something but actually that is as straight as he can sit. These postures have something in common. Their spines are hardening. There is no fluidity or mobility in the spines. Their health begins to dwindle as they shrink in height.

 

I have discovered that by moving the spine in these 5 directions can help prevent spinal hardening.

  • Extension (back bending)
  • Flexion (forward bending, most of us have that down)
  • Lateral Flexion (side bending)
  • Twisting
  • Axial extension (sitting up straight and tall as to minimize the curves of the spine momentarily)

Doing a series of ALL of these stretches daily can improve your health and your spine. Adding massage to the mix...well, that is a bonus for maintaining a healthy and happy spine. Commit to your health and preventing painful aging by:

  • Starting Yoga classes
  • Subscribe to Balanced Minute video blogs
  • Scheduling monthly Massages

I hope you all can join me in my quest for anti-aging. This Saturday and Sunday the Yoga classes are dedicated to moving the spine in all 5 directions. These classes will be a great place to start to build a greater understanding of creating and maintain a flexible spine. 

Saturday @ 9 AM
Crossfit 51 • 11680 E 51st St • Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146

Sunday @ 3 PM
Triton Fight Center • 2205 N Willow Ave, Suite C • Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012

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