Schedule an Appointment Purchase a Gift Certificate Download Intake Form
Diana Remaley, LMT
Diana@RemaleyMassage.com
(203)292-5362
19 Compo Road South
Westport, CT

The Tick-Tock Relaxation Stretch

My favorite way to unwind!

We all have days when we feel absolutely exhausted by the time we get home. Have you ever felt like your legs have have stopped working and your hips are made of molten steel? I know the last thing you want to think about is stretching, but stay with me – this stretch is absolutely worth it. It'll make your hips, low back, legs and shoulders feel like they can actually function again.

The Stretch:

Begin by laying flat on your back on a moderately hard surface (a yoga mat on the floor is good; a mattress or couch is not a great choice.) Bend your knees softly so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are together. Stretch your arms out on the floor at shoulder level.

 

Keeping your knees together, slowly let your legs fall to the left side of your body, keeping your arms on the floor. This will pull your entire pelvis to the side of your body. Take a breath.

 

 

Slowly drag your right arm on the floor up over your head, tracing a large circle above your body, ending on top of your other arm. This will twist your body completely into a fetal position on to your left side. This is one side of the stretch.

Move your legs and arms back to the starting point and repeat the motions to the other side.

If you notice that your shoulders, neck or clavicle are tight at any point while moving your arm, pause there, take another breath, and try to consciously relax that specific area. Don't let your legs come apart, and don't elevate your arms above the level of the floor. Attempt to keep your core muscles tightened, not letting your low back come up off the ground.

The concept of this stretch is that your arms are like the hands on a clock, slowly moving in a circle above your body. Your legs will pull your hips in opposition to this shoulder movement at first, which will stretch your lower spine. This means that this very simple movement stretches both the upper and lower body; and because it's so slow and controlled, also creates a sense of calm and relaxation.

This is my favorite stretch (to force myself) to perform at the end of a long day. It only takes a few minutes, and make the entire body feel amazing. Should you find that you body still needs some extra attention, feel free to make an appointment with me for a massage therapy session. I'm happy to schedule you at the end of your day, for when this feeling strikes. I'll see you in my Westport office!

© 2017 Diana Remaley Massage Therapy. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by Pebble 2.6.4 | Login
Diana Remaley, LMT
Diana@RemaleyMassage.com
(203)292-5362
19 Compo Road South
Westport, CT