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tomsweetser's picture
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12 years 4 months ago
05/05/2011 - 2:50am
j spine or duck butt

Hi, i am going into town to buy your book tomorow, but theres one thing i want to clear up in my mind.

i hope you can help me.

basicly, with the correct spine shape, is there still meant to be some slight curvature?

like a very small lordosis and a small kyphosis? or is the aim to totaly flatten both except l5 - s1 curve?

and what is your take on doing deadlifts? ( i think thye are a great excercise, especialy if done properly - pure hip hinge)

and deep squats? (unweighted, just a resting posture) is it normal for a bit of the lumbar spine to round at such depth because it feels very comfortable.


thanks :)


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2 years 7 months ago
12/15/2010 - 7:51am

Good questions!

With the J-Spine there is some slight curvature.  Basically you want as much length as possible with the greatest curve at L5-S1.  If you look at many cultures who do not suffer the pain that we as industrialized nations do, their backs are quite straight until very low.

Deadlifts depend on how much weight you are pressing.  I wouldn't suggest picking up heaving things with straight legs even in a great hip-hinge.

Deep spats are wonderful.  Anteverting the pelvis is kep and not rounding in the lumbar is also suggested to protect your lumbar discs.

I hope this is helpful to you!


Charlene Hannibal

Gokhale Method Teacher, Palo Alto and San Francisco

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