Have you ever feel like you just couldn’t sit up straight? Have you ever felt like you were scrunched down like an accordion? This pose will stretch it all out!
The Upward Stretch will decompress the spine, elongate the side body and release tension in the arms. It is especially great for folks who have been sitting for long periods of time or doing alot of heavy lifting.
How to do the Upward Stretch:
- Have your partner sit on the floor. Their legs can be crossed, outstretched, any way they like.
- Turn your front foot in and support the spine with your outer calf. Step the back leg back, coming into an Awkward Lunge.
- Ask your partner to raise their arms.
- Before taking their hands in your own, cross your own forearms. Hold their arms close to your body gripping their hands in an arm wrestling position.
- Then, lean back to create lifting and lengthening.
- To release, gently return them to upright and lower their hands to their lap.
If your size difference is large, you may need adapt how you hold their arms.
If your partner’s bottom lifts off the floor, you have taken them too far.
Cautions: Be gentle with people with shoulder issues. Be sure that you are not lifting your own shoulders to lift them, just lean back.
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