This week I will be showing you how to do the Child’s Pose stretch.
This week’s Child’s Pose is a relaxing stretch that can be done at any point to alleviate tension in the back and hips, which is created during your workout. Pilates has a lot of focus on core stability and can be quite challenging so releasing the neck, back and hips muscles between exercises is quite important. It also allows you time to relax and return your breathing to a regular pattern before moving on to the next exercise.
The Child’s Pose Stretch releases tension in the neck, back and hips.
Extend your arms in front of your head and press into the mat while pushing your sit bones onto your heels and stretch. Breathe slow and deep into your lungs and with each exhale try to deepen into the stretch. You can hold it for up to a few minutes until you feel the release.
AVOID: Rushing the pose. It can take a few minutes to allow your body to deepen into the full stretch.
TARGETS: Lower back
BENEFITS: Stretches and releases the back
NOT ADVISABLE IF YOU HAVE: Knee injury
That is me done for this week. I will see you next time.
Images and some content taken from Pilates Anatomy - A Comprehensive Guide - By Dr Abby Ellsworth