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Yellow (Holistic) Journey
The Harmony Sequence
Learn and follow the exercise instructions below.
Practice this exercise daily as part of your sequence.
Perform this exercise in pain-free and comfortable ranges only.
If 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.
Learn the Exercise
6a trains the very important basic functional movement of flexing the entire vertebral column one vertebra after another, and then returning harmoniously to the upright standing position.
Harmonious pain free performance of this exercise attests to a healthy functioning spine, while practicing this move daily aims to further improve the spinal function and to help prevent pack pain caused by using uncontrolled impaired movements for regular daily functions.
Move - stretch - return - relax -...
Inhale - Starting position.
Long exhale - Movement, stretch and return phases.
Inhale - Relax phase.
Harmonious upright standing, as tall as possible.
A long neck, and eyes looking towards the horizon.
The entire spine and pelvis are in the neutral position.
The shoulders are placed down and back.
The arms are relaxed by the side of the body. Fingers are also relaxed.
Upon exhalation, start by tucking in the chin (upper cervical flexion) and starting to flex the elbows at the same time.
Continue both movements simultaneously.
Flex the spine vertebra after vertebra from top to bottom while reaching the bar with the relaxed palms.
Keep the body balanced and the elbows 'soft'.
To harmonize the movement, avoid additional thoracic flexion.
Emphasize lumbar flexion and upper cervical flexion.
Cue: Try to bring the forehead to the knees.
Continue the exhalation.
Maintain this balanced flexed posture for about a second.
The eyes are looking just above the knees.
Emphasize the lumbar flexion stretch with pelvic posterior rotation.
Keep the body balanced and the shoulders, elbows and fingers relaxed.
Increase the exhalation and extend the spine from bottom to top, vertebra after vertebra.
Start with increasing the exhalation and rotating the pelvis with the abdominal muscles.
It is okay to push downwards with the hands on the bar to assist in starting this movement.
As the movement progresses, let go of the bar and gradually bring the arms to the sides of the body.
Time the body and arm movements to reach the starting position at the same time.
Assume the balanced upright standing posture.
Place hands on bar for the entire exercise.
If necessary, reduce the range to prevent pain or discomfort.