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What are the target muscles for the 'lying rotation' stretch?


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Too many to mention: literally all the muscles of the trunk can be targeted by how you position and use the arms and legs, and which end of the body you fix and which you move. As well, there are roughly 32 separate layers of fascia in the whole trunk, so all the fascial slings that hold the internal organs in place are worked, too. There is no single muscle that is targeted, and that is why it is not named. 

The effects of this incredible exercise can be changes by repositioning the spine (here I mean are we adding a small flexion or extension to the lumbar of thoracic spine as we set up?). Play with this.

There are some novel movements here that will help you understand how to play with this:

https://www.youtube.com/@KitLaughlin/search?query=rotation

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It sounds like I should find out my tight muscles and target them with this stretch. Since you've got so many years in the field, and you know your stuff, what muscles do you believe the average person should stretch with this pose? Thanks :)

 

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@Driss: with respect, you're missing the point. In this system, unless there are specific reasons to target individual muscles (they will always be named) we impose a demand, or a function, on to the body, knowing that whatever needs to lengthen will lengthen. Same with strengthening: we have a rotation strengthening exercise that imposes exactly the same function on the whole body, but from a resistance perspective. The results are the same: what needs to get stronger will. For you, it might be mainly your arms, for the guy next to you in the gym it might be lats and obliques.

No one can say what the effects will be, but the next day, you'll feel which muscles had to work harder.

It's the same with the rotation stretch: literally no one can say which muscles (of the hundreds it could be) will be limiting you, and you don't need to know. If you go far enough, your body will tell you the next day. 

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12 hours ago, Kit_L said:

@Driss: with respect, you're missing the point. In this system, unless there are specific reasons to target individual muscles (there are always named) we impose a demand, or a function, on to the body, knowing that whatever needs to lengthen will lengthen. Same with strengthening: we have a rotation strengthening exercise that imposes exactly the same function on the whole body, but from a resistance perspective. The results are the same: what needs to get stronger will. For you, it might be mainly your arms, for the guy next to you in the gym it might be lats and obliques.

No one can say what the effects will be, but the next day, you'll feel which muscles had to work harder.

It's the same with the rotation stretch: literally no one can say which muscles (of the hundreds it could be) will be limiting you, and you don't need to know. If you go far enough, your body will tell you the next day. 

Thanks!

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