|Spiral coils, spiral shells, spiral staircases, spirals in the heart of all our cells (RNA, DNA), and spirals
in our movement. We initiate our spirals when we turn, when we reach, when we walk. Even when standing at rest, our bodies
show the direction of our spiral pattern. Is our right shoulder a bit forward, our right hip a bit behind?|
A spiral is a marvel of movement potential. It carries flexibility strength, and memory within its coils. It allows
efficient, smooth movement when the coils are balanced well. If our coils are disturbed, we feel the strain. If the
disturbance is great enough, we become the Slinky that can’t “walk” down the stairs.
Our difficulties largely come from repetitive movement and from held postures. We work that computer mouse with our
right hand for hours. We keep our heads turned to talk on the phone. At a gym, we favor exercises and stretches that are
easiest to do. We unwittingly reinforce imbalances in our spiral.
Freeing Our Spirals
• Exercise mindfully. Consider consulting with an exercise physiologist or physical
therapist to understand what areas need to be strengthened and/or stretched.
• Receive massage therapy to release tightened areas.
• Periodically during the day, stretch the areas that tend to tighten.
• Go for happy walks, walks where arms swing freely, eyes are soft, and feet know
the feel of the earth.