by Ray Goslin
To ease stress and pain, the combination of regular Remedial Massage Therapy and the four directional stretches each day will allow you to live a more productive and better life. The following four stretches can be done in seven minutes. Do these daily to reduce stress and pain between your regular treatments, and to function more fully. When stretching you should feel no pain but a sweet discomfort.
NB. Whenever bending forward always fold from the hip. Don’t bend at the waist.
1. Forward Bend
Stand up straight, step right leg forward. Fold forward from the hip as you exhale. Feel a light stretch in the hamstring. Hold for one minute as you breathe into it. Bend front knee to come back out. Repeat on other side
2. Back Bend
Stand with your hands on the back of your hips. Bend backward and squeeze the buttock and lower back. Breathe into it, hold for one minute. Release and relax.
3. Side Bend
Stand and raise right arm to the side of the head and bend the elbow. Hold elbow with the left hand and pull up and over to the left until you feel a light stretch down the side of the body. Hold for one minute. Repeat on other side.
Place your hands on your hips. Twist to the right side as you exhale. Feel a light stretch through the back. Hold for one minute. Repeat on the other side.
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