Upper Back Stretch – Child’s pose with Lateral flexion

Sometimes my lats can get super tight and I feel like I can’t get a good stretch with them. When that occurs, I try to get into Child’s pose, but I do something different with my arms and hands, I reach out to the right or the left side. Adding that lateral flexion (right or left) really does make all the difference. But this pose also help open up your hips as well and since we all sit for extended periods of time this is an added welcome.

  • Start in table top (on your hands and knees) and shift your hips back towards your heels with your arms stretched out in front of you as if you are reaching for something.
  • Forehead is lightly placed on the ground and glutes resting on your heels
  • Should feel a nice stretch in hips and groin; if hips are tight it may feel a little uncomfortable, but breath through it

Can you feel the difference after you stretched one side versus the unstretched side?

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