A Natural Stretch

My how we've changed..

Its seems out day-to-day living just doesn't stretch us anymore.

We are told we must go to yoga or spend at least half an hour actively stretching before

and after exercise in order to keep our bodies happy.

Whilst this is definitely a good thing to do it's important to look at the times when we are not

purposefully stretching.

For a lot of us we sit in a chair in one position for most of our days.

Muscles are static and shortened; limiting blood flow around the body.

Long before the advent of the computer, when day-to-day life moved us through many positions,

our bodies found natural, instinctive ways to stretch.

Examples of this are:

  • Sitting back on your knees like the Japanese sit. This stretches the front of your legs.
  • Sitting on the floor with your legs out in front of you stretches your hamstrings.
  • The deep squat that the Chinese often sit in helps to mobilse the hips.

Try to incorporate some of these different sitting positions into your life for short periods at a time.

Always be mindful of how you get into and out of positions.

Get friendly with the floor and feel the natural stretch!

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