Have you ever wondered how an elephant is able to raise its trunk and stretch it up into the air?
The elephant has several layers of muscles which are interwoven in helical spirals which are interwoven throughout the length of the trunk. Through contraction and lengthening of the trunk, it is able to move in all directions.
Well, the elephant isn't the only being on this planet who possesses this ingenious wonder of nature. It can easily be observed in plants and other animals. In the human body the arms and legs are a good example of this phenomenon.
Just think about it: gravity pulls your body weight downward. As a result of this, your joints are constantly loaded with the pressure of your body weight. The opposing double helix feature present in the legs and arms stretch diagonally across our joints and continue into fascial lines which allow for a floating tension in the joint itself. By training this action of floating tension, you will relieve your joints of undue pressure and create a lightness in your body that you can perceive.
Minute 2:20: Activating the diagonal fascia (wrist and ankle circles), supine
Minute 3:50: Activating the diagonal fascia (rotation of knee joint and meniscus), seated
Minute 6:30: Activation of fascial lines in the leg and hip (leg rotation), seated
Minute 8:12: Activation of fascial lines in the leg and hip (leg rotation), supine
Minute 9:28: Activation of the lateral fascia of the leg (leg rotation), side supported
Minute 12:40: Activation of the fascia of the leg (rotation of the femur in the hip joint), prone
Why we recommend this video
In this therapeutic sequence, you learn a sequence of exercises which will maintain the health of your legs and hips. The opposing helical muscle layers of the legs are awakened and trained with the purpose of creating more space in the joints. Precisely such exercises could be very useful after an injury to a joint or in the case of ostheoarthritis.
After practicing you can sense more length in your legs, which is key to creating the lightness associated with well activated fascia. Start floating with evenly distributed weight across the entire leg as opposed to loading into your joints. It is amazing how just this sort of exercise can help you sense even more stability and balance across the entire body. Perhaps this could be a good warm-up before starting your daily practice?
Have fun practicing and let us know about how the exercises worked for you in the comments below. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Many thanks to OGNX for the apparel (teacher and yogini).