So my very tight lower back & hamstrings insisted that I pull this book from the shelf:
Definitely one of those books I’m guilty of letting sit in my good intentions reading pile but have not really given my full attention to – yet! But with my body screaming pain most of my day & especially when I sit down (no fun for the sewing machine) it really is time to dive into Bob Cooley and Resistance Stretching.
The stretches are really neat – you’re pushing and pulling and contracting and resisting all at the same time and your muscles are loving it. They are moving. They are letting go. And, they are getting stronger.
But as I am working my way through the exercises, I find myself rereading the instructions a few times because I seem to be direction-ally challenged (always) so I did finally resort to Youtube for some clarity and found it helpful to see this bodywork in action (see videos at bottom of post)
Besides being in love with idea of regaining my flexibility, Bob Cooley relates all these exercises and stretches to emotions and personality traits and to specific organs. Want to increase your ability to express gratitude? Try the Seesaw at Wall stretch, page 150. Want to improve the health of your small intestine and increase cerebrospinal fluid movement up your spine? Try the Infinity stretch, page 102. Liver health? Lateral Bend, page 90. Increase self-esteem and dismantle narcissistic behaviors – page 146.
The only downer for me with this book – is that you will kinda need a friend or 2 to do the assisted stretches…
Kids! Mama Bear needs you to push on her legs. Resistance little ones – resist!! I know you are good at it!!
Special thanks to Luther Cowden from flexiblestrength.com for having such user friendly how-to videos about resistance stretching!! They helped bring this book to life for me, crazy love them!