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Posted by LeeG on Aug 22, 2006
Tightens the set up of muscles at the top of your spine that need to loosen up in order for the bottom to stretch and allow a wide range of hip movement. One side stretches, one side contracts. If the muscles on one side of your spine are stretching and one side contracting you have a good setup, when you switch and relax the tight muscles on one side of the spine and contract the stretched muscles on the other side you get a WIDE range of fluid motion.
Lifting the head is like putting brakes on the range of rotation at the bottom of the spine and the hip movement. Everything could be moving fine up to the last 25% of the roll as you begin to bring the hull UNDER your torso,,and when the head lifts up,,the hip snap slows down,,and back down you go.
It's a weird unlearning of basic reflexes that are setup for symmetric torso efforts when you're gripping something in your hands. There isn't anything in ones developing as a throwing, climbing, lifting animal that says "when you're upside down and can't breath the thing that will save you is swinging your hips hard!",,most of the reflexes where effort and axiety kick in involve planting your feet and lifting with tight arms/hands. Here it's all along the torso, contract/stretch,,stretch/contract with head, arms and hands along for the ride. It's reasonable to try and have head, arms and lead in a roll because they've been doing it the other 99.99999999% of your life. Here it's a liability.
In Response to: Get Yer Head Out by Kurt Maurer on Aug 21, 2006