Friday, July 27, 2012

Day 27- Spread and Release the Toes

This exercise is the first part of a four part series that can strengthen the shin, improve circulation and increase strength and flexibility in the ankle.

To do this exercise you will need a mat.  You will begin by lying on your back and lifting one leg into the air.  Be sure that you can see your toes.  Then begin spreading the toes apart as much as you can and then release the toes.  Exhale as you spread the toes apart and then inhale as you release.  Repeat 8-10 times.

What to watch for:
With supine exercises it is always important to find ease in the head, neck, and shoulders and to lay on the mat with the longest possible spine.  
This exercise and the three following may cause a burning in the shin and the top of the foot.  This is okay, but if it becomes too much to handle, then it is a good idea to rest.  The best way to relieve the burning is to literally shake the ankle out

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