100 Days of Flexibility: Day 8

Runemist34
Jan 9, 2017
Yesterday was a migraine day, but I still managed to get all my flexibility done!
I've quickly come to realize that I should NOT train my back flexibility every day. Some things in my back, likely spine related, get pretty mad about it. So, yesterday I did not do any back flexibility, in case you're wondering where those pictures are! Next Sunday, I will either do that on that day, or I'll get some pictures for the day before.
In general, I'm really surprised by how quickly my flexibility is returning to it's former place. I can now get all of my fingertips on the ground in the Forward Fold position, and am quickly getting more flexible while sitting on the ground, too.
Back flexibility though... it's really tough! My mid and upper back has never been trained, and given that I have a mild spine issue (due to my anxiety, the muscle tension in my back is slowly flatting it's natural curve... which is kinda bad), I think progress is slow. Also, I find it really hard to know if I'm actually doing anything! While my lower back is pretty flexible, and always has been, it's a bit of a problem because I'm so used to feeling that stretch in the front, in my abdominals, rather than anywhere in my back. So, when trying to do anything higher up, it's like "Is this working? Am I getting better?" Pictures will help me there, for sure.
Also, for the middle splits, I was working on this at the pole studio... and a friend of mine, who used to be a gymnast, explained why my hips feel really strange while doing it! Because of our large feminine hips, they get kinda mad when trying to be extended in this way. As she put it, "It's just the way our hips are shaped." So, I'm not hurting myself and I'm not coming up against anything abnormal... and, after a couple days, I am noticing that this feeling is easing a bit.

So, here are my hip flexibility pictures for today!





I do, however, feel like I'm getting better in the middle splits... so that's cool!
See you next week!
robinska Previous Paid MemberDo you or have you ever thought about adding massage to your health routine? It could help with your general flexibility and upper back tightness/anxiety. I have no idea what your schedule or budget looks like, but I'm a massage therapist so it's always on the top of my list of things to do (not that I ever get one myself!) HA!
Jan 12, 2017
Runemist34Robinska, I would love to get regular massages, but unfortunately I'm not employed, and have no real income, so... not exactly something I'm able to afford. Though, to be fair, I couldn't afford it even when I was working! Perhaps one day ;)
Jan 12, 2017
Runemist34I forgot to mention, I do foam roll, and also use a tennis ball on my back! They are the closest I can get to regular massages, and actually both have been HUGE for things like my injured shoulder. I was apparently so tense that all the muscles around my scapula were locked up- it's been quite a while, and I still feel weird having my shoulder blades actually move around! It's been one of the best things I've done for my body. And, I should do it more often ;)
Jan 13, 2017
Darinka Previous Paid Member
Your workouts are so respectful to the body.
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