Author | Psoas Massage and Bodywork
Who needs this exercise?
Cyclists, runners, dancers, people who work at desks. It's also a great stretch for people to add to their daily routines since you can do it anywhere--even at the office.
For the best results:
- Use a table or bed that's at an appropriate height. You can do this stretch on your knees if your bed is low.
- Start by putting your Left leg on the table and your Right leg on the ground, Right toes pointing straight at the table.
- The upper portion of your Left leg (above the knee) should be perpendicular to your body.
- The lower portion of your Left leg (below the knee) should be perpendicular to your upper leg.
- If a 90* angle is too easy for you, try and straighten your leg to a point where you feel more of a stretch. If it's too difficult, pull your lower leg inward toward your body.
- Bend forward into the stretch as low as you can go with your arms extended above your head in front of you.
- Breath into the stretch, exhale out of the stretch.
- Push your body just to where it starts to feel painful, breathe into it and see if you can go further.
- Don't push yourself beyond your comfort level.
Note: If you feel pain and/or numbness during the exercise, discontinue until checking with a professional.
We are always available to consult with you regarding your pain and discomfort. To set up an appointment with one of our specialists call 415.227.0331