Bring back the back!

At Sage School of Massage Jonathan and I learned different soft tissue approaches to correcting excessive lordosis in the low back. Jonathan has always had a very pronounced lumbo-dorsal hinge -- see the acute angle where his ribcage and lumbar spine meet in the before photo, below. 



After receiving a "hold-relax stretch" to reduce the anterior rotation in his hips, the lordodic curve in his low back settled into a more relaxed and sustainable posture -- see the after photo, above. Jonathan received followup work over the next few days to help his body "remember" this new shape; he also began to integrate corrective exercises and mindful movements into his daily life in order to prevent the return of patterns and habits that caused his excessive lordosis in the first place.