I strained a muscle in my back. I couldn’t bend over and it hurt. Sound familiar?
As a massage therapist many people tell me “my body hurts but I don’t know what I did to cause it”. The same was true for me this time; I had no idea what I had done. My best guess was that I pulled something when I was hauling sand to the fairy garden, but I didn’t feel anything then. Of course I was having so much fun with the fairies that I wasn’t paying attention to my body mechanics.
The truth is I could probably have avoided that strain if I had stretched that morning before I got out of bed.
Most of us know to stretch before physical exercise, making sure to warm up before our workout. But do you stretch before you get out of bed to start your day? You have been lying down for 7-8 hours and your body is relaxed. Stretching before you get out of bed is an important part of maintaining flexibility and can be a great way to wake up. It is also super easy!
One of the simplest exercises to perform; it is a great stretch to release tension in the back and open the lumbar spine.
Add this quick stretch to your morning routine and enjoy more wellness!
If you have a little more time and want to increase your stretch try this additional exercise. Lie on your back. Pull one leg up to your chest while extending the opposite leg fully. Hold for 3 breaths then release. Repeat with the opposite leg. Hug both knees to your chest and take 3 deep breaths. Release legs.