25th - 27th August 2017
"Awakening the spine"
There is a division in the centre of our back, where the spine moves simultaneously into opposite directions: from the waist down towards the legs and feet, which are pulled by gravity, and from the waist upwards, through the top of the head, lifting up freely.
The pull of gravity under our feet makes it possible for us to extend the upper part of the spine, and this extension allows us also to release between the vertebrae. Gravity is like a magnet attracting us to the earth, but this attraction is not limited to pulling down, it also allows us to stretch in the opposite direction towards the sky.
This is a natural process, ever presents not only in human beings but in all upright living things. The roots of a tree appalled deeply down towards the centre of the earth while the trunk grows vertically towards the sky, elongating and spreading through the branches into the space around it. The deeper the roots penetrate into the ground, travelling below the surface of the earth, with taller and stronger grows the tree.
Above the surface of the earth the tree, mostly through its leaves, receives, sun and rainwater enabling it to develop its sap. Below the surface of the earth, by absorbing water and minerals through its roots, the tree receives nourishment and strength.
The central part of the tree, where it touches the earth’s surface, corresponds in our body at the level of the fifth lumbar vertebra, where is the human spine in moves in both directions.
From “Awakening the spine” by Vanda Scaravelli