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SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2020

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96 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k s e p t e m b e r / o c t o b e r 2 0 2 0 Hamstrings TLC FOR MTs Lying on the fl oor with knees bent, grasp your calf and straighten your leg from the knee, bringing it toward your head. Return the leg to a bent knee for its starting position. At the end range of the movement, use your hands to assist the stretch a little farther, and hold for 2 seconds before releasing. Repeat. To stretch the belly of the hamstring muscle, start in the same position as the bent-knee hamstring stretch, but keep your leg straight from beginning to end. Use your hands to catch the lower leg, assist the stretch a little farther, hold for 2 seconds, and then release. Repeat. BENT-KNEE HAMSTRING STRETCH STRAIGHT-LEG HAMSTRING STRETCH Lavender Oil This essential oil is a great post-workout remedy for muscle aches. Lavender's analgesic and anti- infl ammatory properties make it extremely effective in soothing low-back pain, strains, and sprains.

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