Exercise

Backbend

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shares a stretch for your chest, back, abs and hips.

Written by Charissa Fermelis

How to

  1. Lying on your back, position your hands next to your ears with the elbows pointing up.
  2. Press strongly into the floor with your hands and feet, tilt the tailbone towards the pubic bone and roll the pelvis high into the air.

Tips

Extending the spine brings about numerous physiological benefits, such as relieving tension in the neck and shoulders. With the head gently hanging from the neck in this pose, we take advantage of the effect of gravity and provide traction for the intervertebral joints.

Stretching the abdominals is said to aid digestion and abdominal organ function, and extending the thoracic spine opens the heart.

Variation: If this full backbend seems a little scary, perhaps the bridge may be a more achievable option.

Stretch out your whole body with the be. Stretching Guide.

Written by Charissa Fermelis

Charissa Fermelis is a physiotherapist, Pilates practitioner and dance medicine expert who consults in Melbourne and across regional Victoria. charissafermelis.com

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