Muscle relief with Montie, Part 2
Take a stretch break
Need a quick break? Our lead massage therapist, Montie Christodoulou, put together a set of stretches that will help alleviate even the most-tense muscles. Tap into the power of a stretch break and relax with a little limb-bending magic. View the full series here.
Back legs and feet
For this stretch, keep the back of your head on the floor if possible but don’t strain. Pull your left leg toward your chest and keep your lower back flat. Repeat using your right leg. After pulling one leg at a time, pull both legs toward your chest in unison. Breathe. Finish by straightening your whole body. Stretch and relax.
Stretches your hip, thigh, and groin muscles deeply. Calms and relaxes the mind.
Rest on your back with your knees bent and heels in close to your glutes. Put your right foot on top of your left thigh. Lift your left foot off the mat, thread your right arm between your legs and interlace your fingers around your left shin. Use your arms to hug your knee in toward your chest. Breathe. Relax anywhere you feel tension. Remain in this stretch for as long as comfortable. To come out, release your hands and place your feet back to the mat. Reverse the position and repeat.
Upper shoulders and arms
Theses stretches can increase flexibility and reduce tension in your upper body.
For the shoulder and middle of your upper back, gently pull your elbow across your chest toward your opposite shoulder. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
Triceps and top of shoulders
With your arms overhead, hold the elbow of one arm with the hand of the other arm. Gently and slowly pull the elbow behind your head until you feel a stretch but do not over-stretch. Breathe. Hold stretch for 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side.