So this is a familiar movement, right? The difference is that I’m not cat-cowing, and I’m not moving my whole spine.
🐄 I’m just isolating the movement to my lumbar spine
🐈⬛and I’m just slow-flexing to cat
📍Because otherwise I’d default to my mid to upper back and
📍because I’m extension dominant and extension intolerant
....So, for me, there’s no good reason for me to swing into the extension part of this movement
👉🏼 It’s important to know if your flexion- or extension-dominant
👉🏼 It’s important to assess, retrain and adapt so that over time, you can again cultivate those movements which your body has adapted to NOT do.
👓 Teachers: You may be able to see that my lumbar segments aren’t moving individually nor does this part of me move particularly well - this is from a decade of injury healing and movement avoidance (it’s what happens, i.e., scarring and fibrosis due to multiple herniations, ddd, pars fractures and spondylolisthesis).
👉🏼 It’s not uncommon to lose mobility after injury recovery
❓Do you find that you’re unable to keep your spine flat on the ground during hollow body or leg-raise ab work? There’s nothing wrong with you and it’s not uncommon.
To stay strong and active though, you must learn how to self-assess, adapt and modify.
🌺 Practice with consistency. Get support.