The majority of my length (and shrinking- I’m 51 yrs. old) can occur from the top of the waist where there’s no static bone to stop me. I wanted to lift, without contracting the sheath of the weaving of the oblique’s and abs. So, I should lift from the thick erector muscles which run alongside the spine. I wanted to be sure not to put any pressure on the actual vertebrae. It’s not only uncomfortable; it can be damaging/scoliosis inducing (Thanks Karin Stephan). Think of how small the vertebrae are then, realize those discs are held in the position they are via the muscles surrounding them. That’s what I want to go for. That’s why I took the center out of a column of foam. It not only took any pressure off of the vertebrae (why foam rollers can be damaging), it increased the pressure on the erector muscles – concentrating and quickening this lengthened muscle memory.
When I first went into an Iyengar yoga class, I had a chronically dislocating shoulder and a muscle-bound body. The surrender and education that supported asnas gave me is the basis for my design.
HOW DOES IT WORK? – REALLY
With a relaxed muscle, and pressure of a prop (Yogawrap), I slow the blood flow in that point. This allows for an impression to occur on the muscle. When blood is pumping through vigorously and the muscles are tense, this is not possible. That impression then stays with you after you get up. Over two weeks, it will last longer – over two months, longer. What begins occurring is that you sit up against the Yogawrap Spine Support from a different (longer) position than you did the very first time you tried it. This is why I spent years with samples of foam. I had to be sure the foam wouldn’t hold a memory. It had to give back. Environmentally speaking, I tried latex in a slew of varieties, but I haven’t found one that can spring back. This is how so many, especially with osteoporosis, are gaining height. The muscle memory is being conditioned to maintain this taller stance. Just like my yoga assists me hours after I actually do asanas, the condition of this muscle memory stays with the user. They don’t even need to be consciously aware of doing anything – it just happens. Understand, this also works the negative way. Sitting in these slumped over positions can maintain them too. This is why I work with so many chiropractors to try to get folks away from those lumbar supports that support and create an overarched back, leading into bulging and compressed discs. Not to mention what that pressure is doing to your digestive and female organs. If you’re going to be sitting anyway, have positive conditioning going on at the same time.
I’ve received this email more than a few times:
“I was standing in line and realized my body stood up straight. Not my mind realizing that my body was slouching, but my mind seeing my body taking its taller stance.”
FANTASTIC! This is how it’s helped so many who have no concept of what proper alignment is or why it’s so important. I know this can appeal to so many people, but I wanted to go to the Yoga folks first, because it’s where I began and you’d understand where I’m coming from!
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Flat back so it doesn’t roll on your chair
Wedge cut out so there is no pressure on the actual vertebrae
Rolled edges narrow enough so scapula can ease back, which in turn, lifts the collar bone back
Firm enough to make an impression on the erectors, but still comfortable enough to sit with for hours