Stretch to Relieve Stress and Tension

May 17, 2010 at 2:56 am Leave a comment

This stretch is a wonderful way to end your day. It stretches your spine and shoulders. All day your body fights gravities pull, resulting in forward shoulders and head and abnormal stress on your spine. This stretch allows you to stretch your spine and relax the postural muscles from the tension accumulated throughout the day.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Position on all four (hands and knees). Shoulders should be above wrists and hips above your knees. Walk your hands forward a few inches and tuck your toes under.

Step 2: Exhaling, move your buttocks backwards toward your heels. Using your arms to hold you do not let your elbows touch the ground.

Step 3: Drop your forehead towards the floor, letting your neck relax, keeping a slight curve in the lower part of your back. To increase the intensity of the stretch press your hands down and stretch through your arms pulling your hips backwards towards your heels.

Step 4: Continue breathing deeply. Hold the stretch for 20 to 60 seconds, and then slowly lower your buttocks down to your heels. Repeat 2-3 repetitions.


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