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Stretch of the Week: Inner Thigh Massage

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For the final week of November we will be performing an Inner Thigh Self Massage, which will also incorporate a slight spinal twist stretch.

This week’s stretch can be performed while seated on the floor or while seated at an elevated height, such as on a bed or couch. Sitting at an elevated height can be beneficial if you have difficulty getting up and down from the floor. Please skip this week’s stretch if you have knee pain when sitting cross-legged.

How to perform:

  1. Take a seat – either on the floor or at elevated height. Bend your knees and cross your ankles, one in front of the other, as shown in Photo 1.
  1. Take your palms together in front of your chest, as shown in Photo 2.
  1. With your palms together, lean your right elbow into your right inner thigh just below your knee, as shown in Photo 3. Press your palms firmly together as this will create more of a twist and lift in your torso. Turn your chest up toward the sky as you lean a little more into your inner thigh. You have control over how much pressure you put into your thigh. Press until you feel a comfortable amount of pressure. Slowly work your way from your inner knee toward your inner groin, getting as close as you can to your pelvis. Hold each placement of your elbow for five breaths. Then, work your way back toward your inner knee again. Inhale as you sit upright and repeat on your right thigh.

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