A few points to note ...
Helping us connect our upper body mobility work into our lower body, today’s ‘Windmill’ stretch speaks for itself. If you’re joining us half way through our mobility Monday series then check back through the last few weeks tips and techniques. For those of you that have been following up until now, we’ll get straight on with the position and you’ll be feeling it’s effectiveness right away.
So standing with a flat back, (neutral spine), hinged forwards at the hips so your back is parallel to the floor, place your right elbow on the right knee and grab your left leg with your right hand somewhere as close to the ankle as you can reach.
Keeping your weight evenly placed on both feet, rotate your torso to the left leading with your left shoulder. As you open your rib cage round, follow through reaching your left hand vertically towards the sky. Look at the hand in the air, but be careful to prevent twisting at the knees or hips. Hold this position for 20 seconds to 2 minutes. Slowly release and repeat on the opposite side.
If you hadn’t figured it out yet you’ll feel an effective stretch all the way through your hamstrings, through the glute complex, quadratus lumborum (lower back), continuing into your lats and rhomboids, obliques and sometimes the outer edge of your pecs too. All in all a great stretch to perform regularly to combat the effects of sitting and slouching!
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If this tip has highlighted a restriction in your movement abilities and you would like to improve your mobility further, feel free to be in touch with questions, requests for tips or indeed to set up a consultation meeting or video call to analyse your movement habits and update your training plan.
WINDMILL ROTATION STRETCH (YOUR GO-TO DO-ANYWHERE STRETCH)
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Check back each Monday for another technique or stretch position that will help your improve your mobility, eliminate and avoid pain, and ultimately encourage efficiency whilst preventing injury. This weeks position -