Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend (Pancake stretch)
Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shares a stretch for your hips, groin and legs.
- Sit on the floor with your legs extended out to the sides. Keep a slight bend in the knees to release some tension off the back of your legs and allow you to sit up tall.
- Place your fingertips on the floor in front of your knees, slide your hands along the floor beside your legs and allow your chest to lie forwards onto the floor.
- Take hold of your feet if you can reach them. Aim for your body to be flat like a pancake.
Few bodies are made perfectly symmetrical, so differences between left and right are expected. Most people prefer to use one side of the body over the other for various activities – for example, you choose to kick a football with your right foot or play golf left handed – so through your stretching practice you will become more aware of these asymmetries within your own body.
Stretch out your whole body with the be. Stretching Guide.