Tonight I got down to my elbows for the first time ever. I know plenty of people way more flexible than me but this is really big to me because it’s a symbol of how far I’ve come. As recently as six months ago I had severe chronic back pain, I was taking painkillers every day and I couldn’t even push myself off the floor into a backbend. It was affecting not only my cirque training but also my daily life. After physical therapy and a hell of a lot of effort, I’ve gotten exponentially more flexible and my pain has been reduced to almost nothing. So to everyone struggling with back flexibility: never give up. You can do it.