Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 67- Lumbar Spine Stretch

This exercise is intended to lengthen the tissue around the lumbar spine or low back.  It is a gentle way to loosen the low back and makes a great start to any day.
To do this exercise you will need a mat.  Start by lying on your back.  Hug both knees to your chest and breathe.  Breathe into the back of your ribcage, and with each breath imagine the tissues of your spine melting into the ground.  As the knees are hugging to your chest imagine the front of your spine melting into the ground.
Things to think about
It may seem antithetical but this exercise can also open the front of your hips.  If you imagine the psoas muscle as a rubber band, when you pull the ends of the psoas away from each other it is pulled taught like a rubber band, but if you bring the ends of the psoas closer to each other it might just let go a little bit very much like what happens when you bring the ends of a rubber band closer to each other.

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