STRETCH & REST CARE for the wellness warrior
Here's a Power Move to make lasting changes to your posture and flexibility:
Traction while you stretch.
It'll help you overcome the compression forces that gravity, aging, sitting and exercise have on your tissue and joints.
Ever feel like you are getting shorter as you age?
It's not just a posture issue. Gravity is literally weighing you down.
Remember everything’s connected to everything from head to toe through your fascia (connective tissue).
When you hold onto a stable object to traction while you stretch, it'll help lengthen your fascia from the inside out to make more space in your tissue (i.e. from the joints to end of the fascia line).
Here are my favorite ways to traction while you stretch:
1. Hold onto a wall, sink, or rail and stretch your upper body and upper back.
2. Put your foot on a wall, edge of sofa or use a band to stretch your hips and low back.
3. Use Pilates equipment to stretch and lengthen while you move through the movements.
This past week, I accidentally found a new powerful way to traction that felt so good.
You've got to try it. Here's a 2 minute overview of what happened.
Test out holding onto different objects to see which one gives you the best release and feeling of lengthening through your body while you do your stretch moves.
You never know. It might just be a tree like me!
In the future, your goal will be to learn to traction & stretch without holding onto or bracing on something.
Pilates or Bands are great ways to help you transition off holding onto or bracing on something to traction while you stretch.
Go hang out!
P.S. Want to learn how to traction while you stretch using the wall and bands? Join us in HIP Camp™.
Camps For A Cause: For every camp sale we donate to organizations that support the health & welfare of animals, wildlife, & marine life. Two of our favs that help rescue & rehab are Beagle Freedom Project & Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Mollie Miller, PT