JUST CAT JUST LUMBAR

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

Why?

📍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.

JUST CAT JUST LUMBAR

Just isolating the movement to my lumbar spin and just slow-flexing to cat