Exercise

Candle Stretch

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

Written by Charissa Fermelis

How to

  1. Begin lying on your back with your legs together and your arms reaching straight down to your toes.
  2. Press your arms into the floor, raise your legs off the floor and point your toes up to the ceiling, then to the wall behind you. You will need to peel your tailbone and pelvis off the floor and aim to have your legs parallel to the floor. At this point place your hands either side of your lower back for support.
  3. From here, begin to extend the toes towards the ceiling to end up in the vertical candlestick.

Tips

The candle pose is the final step in the movement sequence often called the ‘supported shoulder stand’ and is considered to be an intermediate to advanced pose.

The inverted nature of this posture encourages lymphatic drainage and blood flow to the brain. This feels fabulous if you’ve been on your feet all day or have had a heavy leg workout!

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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