"Hi Lisa, I’m not a dancer, I’m a weightlifter, 5 foot 7 and 130 pounds and 20 years old. Due to lifting weights for years many parts of my body are very tight, in particular my spine, back, neck, shoulders and legs; essentially massively reduced flexibility. I’ve taken human anatomy and physiology years ago so I have a basic understanding of the fascia of muscles. The fascia is like a web that holds everything together beneath the skin.
My restrictions are mostly in my spine, if I had to pick one part of the body to focus on. I take yoga a few times a week at the gym and that is slowly helping with my flexibility but my entire body, even after doing years of normal stretches has remained the same state of tightness.
I saw in one video you were massaging a little girl’s neck and after about five minutes she miraculously had a greater range of motion. So is that what your technique is, massaging your cervical vertebrae so that the central nervous system is relaxed and loosens up the rest of the body? Remember, I’m a weightlifter and beginning yogi, not a ballet dancer, not to imply that I don’t have an interest in ballet. Thank you Lisa. Joey."
Hi Joey, and thanks for your letter! It’s great that you’re taking an interest in your body and hopefully also in dance. It's also great that you’ve started yoga.
First of all though, I want to clarify a few things about the technique that I was doing on the girl’s neck. It’s not so much about "massaging her vertebrae and releasing her central nervous system", although the actual act of massaging will help create a certain state of relaxation. However, what I’m actually doing is releasing the suboccipital muscles which are tiny small muscles deep up into the back of the neck. These muscles actually have direct connections through into the Dura, which is the covering of the spinal cord. They also have direct connections into the fascial line that runs down the back of the body, which is sometimes called the "Superficial Back Line".