SUFFER FROM BACK PAIN OR DISCOMFORT?
"Nancy Swayzee has written an extraordinary manual of self-care..
A must read for anyone seeking to better their backs, their bodies,
and their general well-being"
BREATHWORKS for your Back
- Have tension in your neck or upper back much of the time
- Gave up most exercise because it bothered your lower back
- Cannot exercise because back surgery or injury has lessened or restricted your movement
THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!
Ingeniously combining breathing and correct body alignment, renowned exercise therapist and rehabilitation specialist Nancy Swayzee shows you how to eliminate back pain, prevent injury and build abdominal strength by working from the inside out. Here are more than eighty basic yet effective exercises, designed to strengthen the essential muscles that support you. Regardless of your age or level of fitness and without any special equipment or environment, everyone from seniors to pregnant women can use these non-strenuous exercises to end simple aches, pains and problems, and create a new healthier inner self.
- A Unique Method of Breathing
- The Power of Passive Resistance
- Why Most Crunches and Curls Don't Cut It
- Your Range of Motion and How to Extend It
And Much More!
Complete with easy-to-follow instructions, illustrations, special tips and personal cautions for each exercise, this revolutionary program will dramatically improve your body and posture with immediate results, thereby creating a healthier, leaner, taller, and shapelier you - forever.
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Breathworks - Part I
You are about to begin a fascinating journey of self-discovery
Part I - Abdominal Strength Program
Good News! Strengthening of the deepest layers of abdominal muscle is achieved with no movement of the trunk.
No crunches or curl-ups of any kind..
Posture is dramatically improved, and a leaner,
pulled-in look begins in less than two weeks.
Consistent daily practice results in the decrease or total elimination of back pain, and a minimum of 1 ½” reduction in waist measurement.
Breathworks - Part II
Part II -Within Range
These “feel good” exercises use continuous, rhythmic spiral/diagonal movements to lubricate the joint capsules and warm the supporting muscle groups.
They serve as an appropriate beginning-strengthening program for someone recovering from surgery or injury, and are a great preparationfor the back strengthening exercises.
The gentle movements are a safe and effective program for bed-ridden individuals and the frail, elderly.
For those dependent on others, the exercises increase a sense of self-confidence in their ability to participate in their own self- care.
When practiced regularly, these movements improve respiratory function, increase joint mobility and muscle flexibility.
They are a fabulous way to start the day!!!
Breathworks - Part III
Part III - Back To Back Basics
Small moves and sustained positions create new sensory information to the motor nerves, and begin the process of neuro-muscular re-education and permanent postural improvement.
The large variety of exercises insure “whole back” strengthening, and also provide selections that may be done in any environment, i.e., work place, car, in bed, etc.
This program incorporates the basic abdominal strengthening concept through-out.
Core strength and trunk stability are achieved through the combination of simultaneous abdominal and back strengthening.
Breathworks - Part IV
Part IV - Moving Into The Home Stretch
These slow, repetitive, moving stretches apply low-force stress-tension to the muscles, decreasing the normal resistance to being stretched, and increasing the proportion of lengthening that remains after the stretch is removed.
The result is functional flexibility, or rather, flexibility that is obtained, sustained and maintained through movement.
·Breathworks . . .
Strengthening Your Back From the Inside Out