Yesterday’s Breast Cleavage is Today’s Lumbar Curve

At this season’s red carpet events, high-neck, backless dresses put the spotlight on back-of-the-body beauty. From the Grammy’s to the Oscars to movie premieres, it’s those plunging back lines that are taking center stage on the red carpet and beyond. In fact, some women are now spending upwards of $16,000 for butt implants – the fastest growing plastic surgery, all in an effort to boost their back-of-the-body view. So what’s driving the back front and center?

The back of a woman’s body has long been considered a symbol of feminine beauty. As far back as the 1930’s, movie stars pushed the fashion envelope with backless dresses that while far more conservative than today’s standards, nonetheless hinted at this undeniably sexy part of a woman’s body. As it turns out, having a beautiful back goes hand in hand with having a strong, healthy back; in fact, 90% of dysfunction in the human body results from weakness in the back line of the body. A strong and healthy back also has a profound impact on the way a woman looks and feels. What makes a dancer, for example, look so gorgeous and move so effortlessly is the strength of the back of her body; this strength is what accounts for that gorgeous fluidity in her body – the way her back flows into her seat flows into her legs.

Unfortunately, our modern day lifestyle wreaks havoc on the back of our body. Very often, we sit down in our car and drive to our desk where we sit for hours on end. When we sit down, we literally disengage hundreds of muscles along the back line of our body rendering them overstretched and weakened. We then head off to our workout focused on what we see in the mirror – doing bicep curls, abdominal crunches, lunges and squats, etc. further strengthening the front of our body and creating greater imbalance. Other workouts such as Pilates often bends us forward at the waist; this type of movement extends (or lengthens) our back line and contracts (or strengthens) the front line, again resulting in a weak back line. For this reason, you’ll often see a seemingly fit person look decades older from the back. Women, in particular, have traditionally neglected the back of their body when it comes to working out.

Neglecting the back of the body introduces issues that go well beyond looking fabulous on the red carpet. In fact, back pain – often attributable to a lack of strength or muscularity in the back, is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 of us currently suffer from lower back pain. According to physiologist Jim Warren, when a woman doesn’t properly strengthen the back of her body, “gravity takes over, the body falls out of alignment, and as a result, back pain sets in, you can no longer work out, and you then become prone to osteoporosis and other ailments that decrease your longevity.” According to Warren, in order to have a fully functioning back, we need the right balance between our anterior (or front) and posterior (or back) sides of our body. It’s actually this balance of strength that creates the lumbar curve – that undeniably sexy curve in the lower back that symbolizes function and beauty.

The key to strengthening the back line of the body and creating balance is to stand up and extend back to get into all of the large and small muscles in the back, seat and legs. The Fluidity Bar allows you to do just that. Fluidity’s integrated movement, performed in a neutral pelvis position, forces your body to recruit the muscles it functionally needs rather than those you choose to engage (think sitting down on a weight machine and choosing a weight.) This type of whole-body movement forces your weakest muscles – most often those in the back of the body – to become stronger, and your dominant muscles – typically the bullies like the quadriceps in the front of the body – more proportionate. The result is whole body muscle balance and fluidity – from head to toe, front AND back.

With greater awareness of just how important our back is to our health and wellness, not to mention designers’ ever more daring attempts to reveal this beauty asset, there’s no better time to get your back in shape. If the red carpet is any indication, the back is here to stay.

6 Responses to “Yesterday’s Breast Cleavage is Today’s Lumbar Curve”
  1. Casey says:

    Great post! I love the Fluidity exercises that target the back of the body, especially the lower back. My favorite has to be Standing Pretzel. That one targets the side of my back and waist like nothing else. After doing that move, I feel taller and more graceful immediately. I have a feeling this exercise will get you that fashionable lumbar curve and back health all at the same time 🙂

    • Susan says:

      Casey, I’m looking forward to achieving a beautiful lumbar curve. I’m glad the focus is now on something I can achieve, as opposed to the cleavage that, for some reason, escaped me naturally!

  2. This is so true! My chiropractor told me that when I strengthened my midback, I would lose much of the belly. I have just started strengthening by thinking about lifting my my mid back out of my lower back while sitting, standing, walking, doing anything. Already, great results. Looking forward to getting started @ the barre. Great to find an exercise system to get me greater results quicker and to help others who are not seeing a chiropractor as I’m a yoga and mat pilates instructor and will learn to teach others!

  3. Deborah Perry says:

    I absolutely LOVE my fluidity bar, only used it about 6 times and I can feel the difference already.Best of all I can SEE the difference!!

  4. Barbara says:

    Loved this post! Just found “@ the barre” and I’m excited to get going on this area!

  5. Evelyn says:

    I have used the fluidity bar twice and I am excited about the next time. I’m trying to pace myself for burnout but I really like it!

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