March MATness Day 5: Rolling Back

“Stop and smell the roses.”  “Pin a rose on your nose.”  Either of these will work for this cue – use the one that suits your mood: eternal optimist or humorous cynic.

The key with Rolling Back is really in the movement’s other moniker: “rolling like a ball.”  The key is to stay as rounded and ball-shaped as possible throughout the exercise to sustain the movement and not have that motion-ending *splat* as the midback makes contact with the mat.  One way to do this, is to emphasize the nose-belly button connection.  The closer the nose can stay to reaching for the belly button, the more rounded the spine will stay.

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Ask your client to imagine trying to sniff a rose that is planted in their belly button.  That should do the trick.

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