Seated Calf Stretch

The strong muscles of the calf can be quite tight, especially after prolonged standing or walking, and for many athletes whose sport of choice involves running or jumping.  To best stretch these muscles, grab a bolster or pillow and have a seat; start with both feet extended out in front of you with the pillow…

Read More

Advanced Lunging Hip Stretch

Chronic tension in the muscles at the front and sides of the hips can contribute to low back pain and poor posture.  This stretch is particularly helpful for hip flexor contracture and ITB syndrome when combined with glute strengthening exercises.  Changing toe positions of the back foot helps target different muscle fibers for a more…

Read More

V-Sit Adductor Stretch

This stretch targets the muscles of the inner thigh, which can get tight if you’re in the habit of crossing your legs, or when there’s weakness of the muscles of the buttock.  To stretch them, simply sit with your legs straight in front of you, then open your legs into a V until you feel…

Read More

Runner’s Lunge Hip Flexor Stretch

An absolute must for runners and lovers of high-heels.  Stand with feet at hip width.  While the leg you want to stretch stays in place, take a large step forward with the opposite leg, bending the knee so that it is directly above the ankle.  Lower the back leg so the knee comes toward the…

Read More

Thread-the-Needle Piriformis Stretch

This stretch is essential if you spend all day on your feet, or suffer from hip pain or sciatica.  Start in hook-lying position: on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground.  On the side you want to stretch, turn your knee out, and cross your ankle across the opposite knee.  …

Read More

Forward Bend Hamstrings Stretch

A straight-leg forward bend does double duty as a stretch for both your hamstrings and your low back.  Start with your feet together or hip-width apart, knees slightly bent.  Bend forward at the waist until you feel a comfortable stretch along the back of your thighs.  Allow your belly to rest on your thighs to…

Read More