"AXIAL eLONGATION" = sPINE lENGTH
I have been quite fond of “axial elongation” for quite some time and the concept has become a foundation of my teaching. This term refers to the action one’s spine performs when you think of gently elongating through the center of the joints (ie. elongating through the center of your spine). It is very helpful to think about this when you are sitting, standing, walking, riding a bike, working, dancing, and especially fun when doing planks!
It is a versatile concept that can be very useful particularly when you use it in a variety of relationships with gravity When you are sitting, imagine someone gently places one hand on your skull and gives a slight downward pressure. If you exert a small amount of pressure upward to meet their imaginary hand while reaching your sitting bones downward, you are practicing axial elongation. It is a very subtle action. When on hands-and-knees, try the same action with your spine in this new relationship to gravity. In Summary: