Exercise

Bridge Stretch

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shares a stretch for your neck, shoulders, hips and thighs.

Written by Charissa Fermelis

How to

  1. A modification of the backbend, this move focuses on lower body strength. Leave your arms on the floor reaching towards your toes.
  2. Press the soles of the feet firmly into the floor and push the pelvis up off the floor with the tailbone chasing the pubic bone. You will feel a stretch down the back of the neck and strong activity in the back of the legs.
  3. Press your arms firmly back into the floor and interlace your fingers underneath you, which will provide stability for your spine.

Tips

Listen to your body and give it what you feel it needs on any particular day. Modifying your practice and stretching from day to day encourages versatility and allows you to address specific needs as they arise.

Doing a simpler version of a stretch is not a bad thing; it means you're focusing your attention and tuning in to your body

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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