An immensely important book by Dr Eric Goodman. Here we are educated on the importance of spinal decompression on all aspects of our health. From our breathing to our digestion to our flipping senses! In short: If you learn how to habitually decompress your spine, you will be more fit, more vital, more alive.
Much has been said about the effects of our dormant lifestyles, much of the day spent in Spinal flexion. The common fitness remedy to this would be to put your back in extension, reversing the ‘C’ curve that our couch potato lives facilitate. This is good, but only a partial solution.
Throughout our lives the spine is under constant compressive forces by gravity, and the body adapts to this in a myriad of ways, many of which cause us muscular imbalance and immense pain over time.
In order to remedy this, Dr Goodman argues, with great and conviction and testimonials, that the right way to fix this is to teach our bodies (through the practices outlined in this book) to press back against gravity. When we teach our spines to move from a lengthened, supported, expansive, anchored, and decompressed state, we create strength, stability, and most importantly space for the joints to move.
The result of this training is that the muscles around the spine that have been shortened, weakened, and often even dormant, for so long grow longer and stronger. They begin to support the spine in this newly re-discovered decompressed state, allowing the body to press back against gravity while continuing to maintain expansiveness and room for movement.
Warning: you may gain a few inches after practicing the exercises in this book.
I can testify that the results are quite incredible.
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