Exercise

C-curve

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your neck, upper back and ribs.

Written by Charissa Fermelis

How to

  1. Sit tall on your two sitting bones, legs bent with feet on the floor. Wrap your arms under your knees and hug them in close.
  2. Inhale to elongate your spine, exhale and allow your chin to bow down to your chest as you round the upper back into a C-shape.
  3. Hold this stretch and breathe deeply into the back ribs before sitting erect once more. Ensure your neck stays long, your shoulders fall away from your ears, and you maintain width across your chest and back.

Tips

Many of us carry excess tension and strain in our necks, often as a physical manifestation of stress or as a result of stiffness through the ribs and back.

With some focused attention and simple movements such as this C-curve stretch, we can promote mobility in the neck joints, ribs, spine and surrounding musculature, such as the layers of intercostal muscles.

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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