SKIP this exercise if painful or uncomfortable
Blue (lower body) Journey
The 1 Star Sequence
Exercise 1 (1a Warmup)
Follow the onscreen breathing instructions Inhale Exhale
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Learn and follow the exercise instructions below.
Practice this exercise daily as part of your sequence.
Perform this exercise only in pain free and comfortable ranges.
If necessary, seek professional advise to use as part of a rehabilitation program.
Learn the Exercise
1a Warmup is an important exercise to train harmonious upright standing as well as the important functional element of tilting the body forward, which procures many basic daily movements like walking and reaching.
This exercise also conditions the intrinsic foot muscles and facilitates normal function of the plantar fasciae and arch control.
Mastering this basic exercise (together with the rest of the sequence exercises), and practicing it daily facilitates rehabilitation of lower body and spinal disorders, eases daily function, enhances sporting performance and prevents further injury.
As 1a Warmup is a fundamental natural movement, it initiates 1a and many other Harmony sequence exercises that involve forward movement of the body.
Perform this exercise in pain-free and comfortable ranges only. If painful or uncomfortable, perform less range of this exercise.
If it is not possible, skip this exercise and consult with a physical therapist or movement professional.
When relevant, ensure that this exercise is within the surgeon's post-operation protocol.
Move - stretch - return - relax -...
Inhale - Starting position.
Exhale - Movement, stretch and return phases.
Inhale - Relax phase.
Stand facing the bar about one step away.
Ensure that the pelvis and upright spine are in the tall neutral position.
Keep the shoulders wide and low without flaring the ribcage, and the neck long.
keep the arms (and fingers) relaxed at the sides of the the body.
Try to feel the toes, arches and heels of each foot and balance both feet against the floor pressure.
Look towards the horizon and inhale.
Upon exhalation, tilt the body-line forward.
Feel the planter fascia arches stretching and the toes pressing down.
Maintain the relaxed placement of the arms and fingers by the body.
Continue the movement until the heels want to raise from the floor.
Maintain this position for about a second, continue exhaling to hold the body posture.
Feel all toes pressing down on the floor without the heel raising.
Keep the arms and fingers relaxed by the body.
While still exhaling, tilt the body-line back to the starting position.
Inhale, relax the body in the tall position and prepare for the next repetition.