This audio exercise is a combination of Feldenkrais techniques and the Franklin method. These exercises are more dynamic than sitting body map 1, and can be used as a way to change the quality of attention to a patients sitting position, and to help make sitting a more dynamic affair, especially for those who sit for great lengths of time. This body mapping exercise is a progression of Sitting Body Map 1.
The exercises included in Sitting Body Map 2 are as follows: sitting side bend, sitting trunk twist, the pendulum of the tuberosities, the pelvic floor ball miracle, and rolling on exercise balls
Sitting side bend mobilizes the thoracic spine, addresses sympathetic nervous system up regulation, addresses neural mobilization of the thoracic spine, and focuses on breathing.
Sitting trunk twist also mobilized the thoracic spine, addressing the sympathetic nervous system, which is primarily housed in the thoracic spine by decreasing tension in this area.
The pendulum of the tuberosities teaches dynamic movement of the pelvic girdle, and helps to reorganize the sensori-motor cortex with regards to dynamic movement in sitting. It helps to engage the core muscles, to make sitting an active process, instead of a passive one.
The pelvic floor ball miracle and rolling on exercise balls: sitting on small exercise balls is a challenge for the pelvic floor and this is exactly what we want- that which is challenged becomes stronger. Using small exercise balls wakes up the muscles and joints of the pelvic girdle because balance and posture demand their activity. The advantage of working with two exercise balls is that both sides of the pelvis have more room to move because each tuberosity has its own ball. In this way the muscles and joints are trained more completely in a dynamic sitting position.
These exercises are designed to actively engage the core muscles and helps to create a positive response to movement within the body. It teaches the patient to move properly and with relaxation in order to reduce pain or stiffness that can be acquired from prolonged periods of sitting.