Exercise

Butterfly Stretch

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shares a stretch for your inner thighs, knees and groin.

Written by Charissa Fermelis

How to

  1. Sit up very tall, with your knees bent and the soles of your feet together. Grasp your feet tightly with your hands, bringing the heels as close to the groin as possible.
  2. Gently press your knees outwards and down towards the ground.
  3. You can sustain this position and lean forward to increase the intensity of the stretch, using your elbows to push your thighs further towards the ground.
  4. Alternatively, start to flap both legs up and down like the wings of a butterfly. Start slowly and gradually increase the speed. Keep breathing normally throughout.

Tips

This stretch is sometimes referred to as the ‘cobbler pose’, as it resembles the sitting position of a cobbler at work. Instead of sitting at your dining table to have dinner, why not imagine you are in Southeast Asia and sit on the floor at the coffee table in a similar pose to this!

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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