“I’m particularly a fan of a supported side bend stretch as it makes the side bend manageable for people of varying degrees of flexibility.” – Asma
While there are numerous stretches to maintain an ache-free body, chances are you may be missing out on some key positions that involve rotation of some major joints in the body (this is mainly what Level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapy focus’ on as well)- for this stretch the main joints that are mobilized are hip joints, ankle joints, and shoulder joints.
If you have been to any yoga class, you will know that there is always some sort of side bend stretch at some point in the class.
—->Side bends are a healthy stretch for the spine as they facilitate circulation into and stretches the muscles that become tight and short given our day to day movements. Side bends are helpful to prevent immobility and injury, and also especially helpful for people with low back pain/tension, hip tension.
The degree of the side bend should be led into gradually, and as mentioned in the video, incorporating breathing to relax the body.
The forward fold portion of the stretch will feel great in the hips and the glute and the back.
Remember, you can hang out in a comfortable stretch for up to 2-3 minutes. Gently going deeper as you exhale.
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