Stretch of the Week- Mild Back Bend
In yoga this is called sphinx for obvious reasons I guess.
One of the issues we see a lot in massages is an extremely tense front of the body. Things like sitting at the computer for extended times and poor posture tend to lead the body to a forward curve.
Doing this stretch will help counter act some of the forward movement we too often get stuck in.
You can adjust the amount of back bend by bringing your arms out further or in towards the body.
You want a gentle stretch of front of body not a pinch in low back or neck.
You want to press your toes into the ground and do not clench the butt cheeks. I like to keep the neck in line with the spine I don’t recommend looking up at all and if you have neck issues you can even look down instead.
Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute and relax then repeat. You want to breath into the front of the body to expand the chest and front of abdomen.
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