Massage & Bodywork

MAY | JUNE 2020

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Back, Core, Hips TLC FOR MTs Lie facedown on the fl oor. Place your forehead on your crisscrossed arms. Lift your chest away from the mat. Hold for 2 seconds, release, then repeat. Lie facedown on the fl oor. With your hands placed palm-down under the shoulders, use your back muscles to move into what looks like a cobra pose in yoga. At the end range of the stretch, use your arms to push a little farther and hold for 2 seconds. Release. Repeat. 96 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a y / j u n e 2 0 2 0 SPINAL EXTENSION SPINAL EXTENSION PART DEUX Opposing Muscles A muscle cannot stretch any farther than its opposing muscle can contract. To have fl exible hamstrings, the quadriceps must be strong. To stretch the pectoralis major (a great idea for anyone who works at a computer), it's important to strengthen the opposing back muscles.

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