Starting with a muscle some of you might not have heard of, but plays a HUGE part in our dance posture.
LONG LIVE OUR LONGISSIMUS!
The Longissimus muscle is an intermediate back muscle and one of the three muscles that form the column of erector spinae (the muscles that elongate the spine amongst other things). It’s the largest of the erector spinae and located in the middle of the three. The erector spinae are located on each side of the spine, so you have a left and a right Longissimus!
This muscle (along with so many others) is essential to our posture! It’s not one that can really be isolated, so when you are working to strengthen and elongate the Longissimus, you also get the benefit of working so many other muscles!
Mountain Pose – Standing nice and tall. Feeling all parts of your feet rooted down evenly into the floor. Then thinking about trying to touch the ceiling with the crown of your head! You can also try this in a seated posture. Instead of your feet, think about your sitting bones (where your femur, leg bone, inserts into your hip socket at your butt) and use the same elongating feeling…. Crown of your head reaching up to the ceiling. Think this sounds too easy? See how long you sit there! This is the posture meditators work so hard on for years to help them sit up straight for a longer time.
Long live isolated shimmies and long live our Longissimus!