Imagery As A Tool -Benefits Of Lying-Down
Use imagery as a tool to help create precision and a sense of the inner layers of your body in your stretches. Connecting everyday concepts to the exercises gives your stretches an effective edge. Strive to internalize the cues. They are the key to true physical transformation.
Actors, musicians, and dancers use imagery to help them “act out” their message. Children play imaginary roles in imaginary settings to prepare for adult life. As adults, we can employ visualization to help us make our exercise more effective. This article contains some imagery cues that ask you to use your imagination. Focus on them to help coordinate your muscles and access the deeper connections of your body.
For example, “Lift the imaginary swimming-pool water” asks you to press upwards in the abdomen when you’re lying on your front. Mention of “smile lines” is a cue for you to hold your hips in true extension when lying down, and gives you the range of motion you need to achieve a neutral pelvis. When you get it right, two arcs separate the buttocks from the upper thighs or hamstrings (see below).
By training these deeper muscles to engage as you perform your stretching exercises, you also train them to engage when you carry out your everyday activities. Although some images apply to certain body positions, such as finding the smile lines while lying on your front, you can also relate to them in other positions. In other words, you can find your smile lines when you’re standing, too. They can help you find your neutral posture. The imagery I use is truly the key to taking your exercise life into your daily life. Study the pictures in the exercises on these two pages, and start a lifelong habit of using your body more completely.
Imagining water pushing up against your abdomen deepens abdominal connections. Visualizing “smile lines” stabilizes your pelvis and brings precision to hip stretches.
Preserve your natural lower-back curve by sitting forward on your sitting bones. Simultaneously pull your navel to your spine to sandwich your waist with a corset of muscles.
Coordinate the stretch between your head and legs. Reach your head out of your collarbones, like a turtle reaching its head out of its shell. At the same time, balance and reach out through your top foot.
Lift your groin. The floor of your pelvis should be buoyed upwards, just as a parachute fills with air. Feel the movement, like a lift ascending up your spine towards your head.