Rami's Blog

Like the Yin-Yang, Eastern Martial Arts and Western medicine are two halves of a whole. My mission is to preserve the ancient mind-body tools, and pass them on to you.


Freeing the Skeleton with the Body Markers: Abdomen and Back

Welcome back students! This week we continue on with our survey of the nine body markers which help you free your skeleton from being a prisoner of the soft tissue. If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, or why I'm covering this topic, feel free to go back to last weeks blog and check it out!

So without further ado, let's cover body markers 4, 5, and 6!

Body Marker #4: Groin

Two ways to stretch your groin, using a simple chair, or a special machine.

Body Marker #5: Hips

There are several ways to stretch your hips, on the floor, a chair, or standing against the wall. We will focus on the hip extension while standing because we can more easily measure your progress with it. 

Body Marker #6: Lower Back

There are two stretches that can increase the flexibility of your lower back. First is the one we measure: the chair twist. You should experience 90 degrees of rotation to each side if you are fully flexible. The other stretch is something we call the "Five Musketeers". This stretch will help your lower back stretch from side-to-side. The "five" part of the stretch represents each of the positions you will take when you do the stretch.

Remember that the goal of these Body Marker exercises is to make you both strong and flexible, making you powerful. It is key to a full and healthy life, as well as optimal performance.

Happy stretching, deep breathing, empty your mind, strengthen your energetic system, and evoke your spirit!