Back Bending Flexibility Benefits
Backbends reverse the inevitable hyper-flexion of the spine from too much sitting and computer use.They restore the natural positioning of the pelvis and the lordotic curve in the lumbar spine.
Backbends and side bends open up the spaces between the vertebrae and allow the spinal nerves space to “breathe.” They also move lymph and cerebrospinal fluid via compression, helping to hydrate the spine, the spinal nerves, and tissues around the spine.
They also move lymph and cerebrospinal fluid via compression, helping to hydrate the spine, the spinal nerves, and tissues around the spine.
Backbends stretch the psoas, which is known in qigong as “the seat of the soul” and is hugely important for trauma, since a lot of trauma gets stored in the psoas, and is reinforced by the perpetual crouch (forward flexion of the spine, head forward, neck flexed, shoulders collapsed, hips flexed, and knees drawn up—essentially the fetal position).
Spine extension is very important for posture and health. Since there is very little in life that we do bending backwards, taking time with exercise to move this direction can help keep our backs in balance.
“A man is as young as his spinal column.” Joseph Pilates
See how you can increase your flexibility at our classes or using our online ballet workouts!:)