Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Subtle Abdominal Movements

As in Martha Graham dance classes, often subtle movements, from the head to the toes, have you gain strength, stamina and poise.

Here are some subtle abdominal movements:

Rectus Abdominus:

You can lie down, sit or stand. If you stand, stand with your legs shoulder-width apart. Inhale deeply. Exhale and contract your rectus abdominus.Isolate this muscle. Inhale and release. Repeat 40 times. this has you connect with your emotions. For instance, while contracting you may feel pain, and when exhaling you may feel a rebirth or resurrection.

Transverse Obliques: Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart. Do not bend your knees. Turn slightly to the right, about two "circular" inches. Do the same on the left. Repeat until you have four sets of ten repetitions on each side. You can hold free weights for more resistance.

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional, such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.louizapatsis.com, http://www.authorhouse.com, www.bn.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

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