Just as mentioned with the other physical conditioning sections, this section is for the purpose of improving range of motion so that when a qualia grabs us, we have more of a physical ability to go along with its wishes. However, it is always best to go deeper. How? With imagery or qualias. What causes our spine to move in life? What resonates (or even spicier, what is your shadow) that so happens to manipulate our spine in a certain fashion? What causes our spine to do a head-tail curve? Or a flat back? Once the qualia is found, this is what does the turning.
Place spheres on every vertebra (either very closely encasing it or a little larger). Work each vertebra individually with circles or figure 8s many circles or figure 8s in endless directions can take place within a sphere, more than just the usual: (1) front, up, back, down side; (2) side, front, side back; (3) side, up, side, down.
Each vertebra can also move in scribbles or chaos.
Exercise: Partner Location Assistance
At every posterior side of the vertebra we have a mound called the spinous process. These can be located with the hand by feeling the spine directly. On the x-ray, they are faint mounds. Since it is difficult to guess which vertebra is which sometimes, we can use a partner to help locate each individual vertebra as we do exercises on them.
Erect position: From the head, gradually roll down anteriorly (front side) vertebra by vertebra then back up. Exercise can be done laterally (to the side) as well.
Ground position: In sitting position with legs in front of you, bend your legs a little and externally rotate. From there, very slowly roll down starting from your coccyx (tail bone) and ending with your head. Make sure you feel each vertebra being massaged by the floor. Go back the other way as well. With adjustment of sitting position, this exercise can also be accomplished laterally. Whatever point is difficult, push that very point even more against the floor.
The Head-Tail Curve and the Roll Down happen at the exact same time. Try the side as well.
Front to Back: Push your face forward without tilting the head. Also do the same to the back. Neck muscles will be used. Shoulders remain in place. Repeat.
Side to Side: At first to begin, make an A above your head with your hands. Keep face looking forward. Do not tilt head. Shoulders remain in place. Repeat. A mirror can help with this exercise. One can also imagine a line one travels along the ears. Relax the jaw. One can also follow one’s own hand side to side.
Begin with a correct posture (butt sticking out slightly, engage core) then bend forward from the waist. Make sure your entire length of the spine is straight and the head is in the correct position as the neutral alignment (see section Human Alignment). Make an “L” with your body. Lateral flat backs are also possible, as well as behind you, though subtly.
Refer to Yoga’s Warrior III but also modify to rotate laterally. These positions make “T” shapes.
You can do a head-tail twist where the whole spine twists from side to side as a unit or a gradual twist where the twist begins at one end and finishes at another.
When the spine is de/reterritorialized, it shifts from its usual human function and gets adopted somewhere else. An example of a reterritorialized spine is the reflexology foot, which has a spine along the medial plantar (toe side) of the bottom of the foot. What can become a spine? Can the arms become a spine? Can the fingers become a spine? Can the tongue become a spine?