A Muscle a Day keeps the PT away! This month of October we continue organizing practice around the musculature. After detailing the location of the muscle, we palpate, pump, squeeze, apply acupressure (using a physio ball), and stretch the muscle. Experience how attention to one muscle gives remarkable clarity and somatic integration to the entire body. Join us for all 6 live classes in October!
The hamstrings have their own brain, governed by the massive sciatic nerve that runs directly through them. This brain guides how far to stretch and going past the hamstring’s limits can cause great distress. In this class we alternately lengthen and shorten the hamstring in order to bring lightness and lift to the entire back body.
The TFL muscle is a short, sneaky muscle that wraps the iliotibial band around to the front pelvis. Known as the tensor fascia lata, we dub it the “double latte” given how charged it can be. Be sure to have your roller or physiological ball ready as we release this muscle along with the entire IT band.
Have you had tension or ache on one side of your low back? Inevitably the quadratus lumborum (QL) muscle is involved as it shortens and compresses on one side. In this class we work toward bringing equal tension to the right and left QL muscle via side bends, forward bends, and twists.
The paraspinals are muscular highways that pass from sacrum to skull. In this class we make the spine buoyant and strong by working the paraspinal muscles in front folds, backbends, and twists.
The shoulders find support in this pair of muscular slings that live just below the underarm. Strengthening the serratus anterior muscle helps to unburden the shoulders especially in poses like down dog and plank. In this class we do side bends and inversions and conclude with pranayama via the support of the serratus anterior.
The scalene muscles are essential to keeping the head on straight. Most anatomists identify the scalenes as the “iliopsoas of the neck” given their essential role in cervical balance. Totaling 6 muscles (3 on each side) we balance the neck through standing poses, headstand preps, and twists.
Cost: $100 + tax