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Join Mimi Solaire in this popular classic DVD to strengthen and condition your back, increase spinal flexibility and end back pain.
A beautifully produced blend of flowing stretches and gentle toning. It covers all aspects of back health: relaxation, strength and flexibility. The first segment focuses on back alignment and breathing: the second on strengthening the back and its opposing ab muscles. This well instructed exercise video is appropriate for any age and level of fitness.
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Like me, some buyers may have had surgery which can leave one with anxiety as the body prepares to heal. Back in Shape begins with the best location, and breathing exercises that work effortlessly to chase away all worries, allowing you the frame of mind to focus on what matters as you reintroduce yourself to your body.
Although this program is great for everyone, it's practical application for beginning physical therapy patients with back injuries, is stellar. I had spine surgery and using common sense by starting slowly and adjusting some moves with my therapist's input, these exercises are perfect! I will grow into the combinations with ease. The tape explains how to achieve the best position without injury.
I love the rest spots too. More confidence to allow your body to 'remember' how it naturally works best so you may enjoy your road to wellness or recovery.
Back in Shape increases ones confidence which greatly aids in rapid healing. I now walk 40 minutes a day in addition to these exercises in part 1, without the necessity of a walking or balancing aid. In other words, I'm a stronger, healthier, more spiritual me only 3 months after radical surgery. Kudos to Yoga Instructor Mimi Solaire and Dr. Ryan Parsons, Chiropractor to Olympic Athletes. Back in Shape!
This dvd is very beneficial. It is broken up into 2 15 minute sections. I started off just doing the first 15 minutes, which involves simply relaxation and stretching. Of course I am paranoid to ever hurt my back again or herniate another disc, so I was worried that any program might be too strenuous for back surgery patients. This one is not. I love the feeling I have in my back, shoulders, hips and really entire body after these sessions.
The second 15 minutes is a little tougher, and my body can't quite do exactly what is suggested, but I don't push my self. I go very slowly and just enjoy the beginnings of flexibility and a decrease in stiffness and pain.
All back surgery patients know that the key to future back health is to have our core muscles strengthened and doing their jobs. I was out of commission for over 16 months and my core muscles have been on permanent vacation for quite a while. I am excited with this dvd and look forward every morning to the experience.
I've been using this for about 2.5 weeks now, and while I don't use it every day, I have been using it twice a week. The first section introduces breathing and general stretches to help with your back while the second section concentrates on strengthening the abs and introduces stretches to loosen up your neck and shoulders (in addition to your back). I've generally been doing only the first section, simply because I feel my lower back needs to be a bit more flexible before I tackle the second section on a regular basis.
Both sections are only 15 minutes each, so there's no reason *not* to do one or the other or both! Just make sure you have a mat to lie down on (a yoga "sticky" mat really comes in handy here, but isn't necessary) and a folded up towel.
As for the poster who was bored with this...that's not the point of this program. The point is *not* to move through at a quick or moderate pace; the idea is to stretch and strengthen your back. Yes, it's quite slow, but if your back feels tight, would you really want to move through the poses at a quick or moderate pace? I know I wouldn't, and the instructor doesn't do so.
A good companion book to this DVD (for those wanting stretches for specific ailments) is Back Care Basics: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program For Back and Neck Pain Relief. It's helped me with the pain I get in my lower back specifically related to endometriosis.