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Differential properties of T-BOW® for YOGA

By F.Xavier García-Navarro, Sandra Bonacina, Ivan Farrer-Sánchez, Brenda Fiori-Carloni,

Hugo Pérez-Vivas y David Ribera-Nebot

The elastic and inertial property of the T-BOW® before fine movements causes very fast and reactive changes in any situation of static-dynamic equilibrium, hyperstimulating the body's proprioceptive systems; a very beneficial situation to optimize any posture.

The T-BOW® has a single axis of imbalance that allows a gradation of balances from levels affordable for most people, providing security to the practitioner.

You can perform pirouettes (turns on the vertical axis) and thus have two axes of imbalance in this action. Two T-BOW® can be joined on their convex side to have two axes of constantly imbalance. Its narrow ends force to rebalance support with both sides of the foot, hyperstimulating segmental independence.

In its unstable position, the T-BOW® allows you to swing (lateral, frontal and mixed) in simple and mixed supports of feet, knees, hips, trunk, hands, forearms, head and in triple- quadruple support, on its concave surface and lateral edges.

In its stable position, the T-BOW® allows supports of feet, knees, hips, hands, forearms, trunk, head and in triple- quadruple support, on the mat of its convex surface.

The unstable double T-BOW® (two T-BOW® joined by their concave face) allows the same supports as in its stable position but in particularly reactive rocking conditions. These very reactive and balanced motor situations on T-BOW® are a differential source of body support experiences that bring extraordinary richness to postural optimization resources.

The supports on the T-BOW® can be less aggressive and more pleasant for the hands than on the flat floor, since the convex curvature of the T-BOW® allows an angulation that reduces the overload on the wrists.

The support of the feet in the inclined plane of the T-BOW® enriches any posture by enabling a greater range of amplitudes for the ankle joint than on a flat surface. The functional rotation of the longitudinal axis of the leg is easier to train on the T-BOW® than on the flat ground.

Both barefoot, with good grip socks, and with sneakers, comfortable and effective supports are achieved. The granulate on the concave surface that makes the supports safer (less slippery) and the mat on the convex part is reactive, sensitive and comfortable to body contact.

Being able to support the hip at different heights of the convex surface of the T-BOW® allows to adapt the sitting posture of the yogi according to its limitations of flexibility in the coxo-femoral joint with the lumbar spine. The higher hip supports facilitate postures for stretching and joint mobility.

The arched design of the T-BOW® (a little more of curvature than lumbar lordosis) favors a kinesiological adaptation to the curvatures of the spine and great stability, enhancing (with degrees of amplitude greater than a flat base) its mobility in extension, flexion and rotation, as well as the strengthening of the frontal, posterior (with lower or upper back priority) and Partially blocked vertebrae receive a gentle mobilizing pressure when stretching on their backs on the T-BOW® and without sinking, unlike on softer surfaces. The balance on the double T-BOW® enriches these options.

The stable-unstable T-BOW® trains deep stabilizing muscles, important for the back and all joints.

Combining the T-BOW® with the T-Bands can cause unilateral forces that stimulate the musculature that stabilizes the spine in all its planes, thus customizing the correction of postural imbalances; And coordination sequences and postures can also be designed to prioritize static-dynamic relaxation (segmental and global).

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