The cow / cat combination helps my lower back. I also like the stretch where you are on your hands and knees and you extend one arm and the opposite leg and hold, then do the other side. And, of course, child’s pose. These all help.
This is one given to me by a physical therapist. Lie on your back. Keep your shoulders flat to the floor. Lift and bend one leg up so it's at a 90 degree angle. Your calf should be parallel to the floor. Gently move your knee over the opposite hip. You should feel it in your hips and lower back. Bring the raised knee as close to the floor as you can without forcing it. Hold for a ten count. Gently bring your leg black up and straighten it so it's flat on the floor again. Switch sides. Repeat a couple of times for each side.
- How often do you stretch?
- How do you think stretching helps you you? Not just physically, but mentally too.
- Do you prefer stretching in the morning or the evening?
- what kind of stretching excercises would you reccomend?
- Do you notice a difference when you stretch vs when you do not?
- Are there neck and upper back stretches you like to do first thing in the morning?
- What kind of stretches do you tend to do the most?
- Can I have ideas for stretch for my hips?
- What stretches are best to increase flexibility in the legs? (Goal is to touch floor without bending knees)
- What are some good stretch poses?