"Your spine is not hewn of oak and does not need to be held, supported, stabilized or protected."
Twelve years ago I discovered a way to consciously connect to my spinal vertebrae. I began learning how to physically self direct and move my individual vertebra in the same way I consciously decide the movements of the fingers of my hand. Through this remarkable discovery I now know that there is no one or perfect posture. The spinal vertebrae can be in any positioning; as long as you have developed spinal consciousness and your individual vertebra are involved in all your spinal movements. Similar to how you are already consciously connected to the movements of the fingers of your hand.
Now, I am on a passionate journey and have made it my mission, through the teaching of spinal consciousness, to revise the antiquated thinking around the human spine. I have spent well over 12,000 hours in the practice of MindfulSpine® and have developed a curriculum that is easily adaptable. My motivation comes from the spinal health, vertebral strength and personal confidence that is gained from acquiring spinal consciousness.
The spine is neither inert nor at the complete mercy of the muscles, tendons, and fascia. The spine does not need to be held, supported, stabilized or protected. Your spine is weak at the vertebral level because you have not yet learned to consciously move and strengthen your actual vertebrae. We don't even think of moving directly from our vertebrae. Yet, we understand that movement initiated directly from the spinal vertebra would insure balance and stability at every joint.
I can teach you how to initiate your movements directly from your spine and strengthen at the vertebral level.
I have presented the work of MindfulSpine® to scientists at the Humboldt University in Berlin, UCSF San Francisco, Dr. Loren Fishman, Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and by invitation to Stanford Dr. Inder Perkash, professor of spinal cord injury medicine, emeritus. This discovery is new and science is actually only in the beginning stages of understanding how vertebrae move.
I bring over 30 years of movement knowledge and experience in spinal kinesiology mentoring Olympians and high performance athletes as well as anyone desiring improved spinal function. I have spent many years as a professional performance artist and studied Physiotherapy and Anatomy Related to Movement in London, England.
“Conna-Lee's warm and instinctive teaching style, characterized by a positive forward momentum, empowers students to believe in all that can be possible." MV
MindfulSpine® is a ground breaking practice that specifically employs you to cognitively connect your brain and spinal vertebrae.
Structural misalignments can be deeply rooted. In order to break the cycle of habitual movement and find healthy alignment within the spine you will first need to rethink and re-wire your movement and acquire spinal consciousness.
Learning how to consciously connect to your spinal vertebrae is not about simply thinking and imagining that you are connecting. You will need to know you are moving your vertebra in the same way you feel the fingers of your hand move. This means that if someone was to place one of their fingers on one of your vertebrae they could actually feel that single vertebra move, under their finger, as you moved it.
This conscious connection becomes a distinct, predictable, and consistent phenomenon. When consciously aware of your spinal movements, you easily gain confidence, manifest your full physical abilities, and neurologically condition your body to be one with your mind!
"Your brain knows the possibility of a brain vertebra connection, but it has not yet learned it. You first need to consciously “find” the connection."
What does “finding” and consciously connecting to my spine mean?
💀 Developing sensations and awareness of an entire vertebra bone. The same way you have already developed awareness to your index finger, jaw bone and elbow. When practiced this new learning becomes repeatable and appears on the learners radar again and again!
💀 Realising the difference between thinking you are moving a vertebra and actually knowing that you are willfully directing it. It is an exciting time for a learner when he or she first realizes they have consciously connected.
💀 Learning what it feels like in the mind and physically in the body - to employ the muscles closest to the vertebra to engage and move a single vertebra!
"Just like the muscles of your hands cannot move your feet! Only the muscles most proximal to your spinal vertebrae can move and align your spine."
Conscious vertebral articulation is the only way to work the deepest muscles of the vertebrae. These muscles are rarely if ever even mentioned in movement therapy and science is only in the beginning stages of understanding how vertebrae actually move.