The Whale Therapeutic Back Bench
|The Whale Therapeutic Back Bench|
The Whale Therapeutic Back Bench which derives its name from its elegantly
curved profile is a multi use tool designed to stretch and elongate the spine
while rejuvenating and energizing then entire body !
How It Works
Whether working at a desk all day or performing some physical task for a living,
we are constantly required to bend or hunch forward After a number of years this
forced posture begins to take its toll on the back particularly the spinal
column. The muscles become tight, the spine begins to loose its graceful S-curve
and instead becomes rounded or humped. Sound familiar?
The Whale provides a way to counteract these problems. By positioning oneself in
a gentle backbend the spine is stretched in a way opposite to that required by
normal everyday activities thus reversing this tendency toward forward rounding.
Since the weight of the upper and lower body act in opposite directions in the
raised back bend position a traction effect is achieved thus elongating the
spine. The combination of these two actions called extension greatly reduces
vertebrae and disc compression and often relieves associated pain and discomfort
as well as improving ones appearance.
Varying the Stretch
By moving up or down the gradually increasing curve one can effectively control
the intensity of the stretch while the vulnerable lower back is protected from
over extension by the flatter portion of the bench.
An adjustable neck and head rest allows those who need it the additional support
required for this area and is removable for those who do not. If preferred this
headrest may be placed under the lumbar (lower) spine instead. These features
allow The Whale to be used by people with a wide
range of flexibility.
If desired the Whale also provides for a series of complementary stretches as
shown in the accompanying photos. For instance when finishing a backbend, one
can slide into a chest and shoulder opening stretch followed by a forward bend.
Each posture releases and stretches different joints and muscles allowing a
whole routine to be developed on the Whale.
Body workers and Yoga students will love the way The Whale supports their weight
allowing them to focus on opening and releasing specific muscle groups.
An added bonus of using The Whale is the
energizing and rejuvenating effects produced. By extending the spine, releasing
tightly held muscles, and increasing blood flow to the brain The Whale often
increases ones personal sense of well being. Some people even report having less
trouble sleeping with regular usage.
The Whale is handcrafted from beautiful hardwoods
using a bending and laminating process which results in a light weight yet
sturdy design. At only 1'w x 2'h x 5'L and a mere 20 lbs. Very well built and
can and can hold up to 300 pounds. Designed for stretching. The Whale takes up
very little space and can be moved most easily. It adds warmth to any
environment and is attractive enough to be displayed as fine furniture in the
Comes fully assembled with instructions for use and a 1 year warranty. In use
now for over 14 years. 12" wide x 24" high x 60" long.