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Exercise Demonstrations

Side Mermaid Stretch

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Side Mermaid Stretch Exercise

Starting Position

Sit on the floor, both knees bent, with your left leg in front and your right leg behind you. Lengthen your spine and place your fingertips on the floor at your sides.

Action

Lift your left arm up in line with the shoulder as your bend laterally towards the right side as if bringing your right shoulder towards your right hip.

Breathe deeply and hold for 10-30 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.

Special Instructions

Stretch to the point of "mild discomfort," not to the point of pain. Never bounce. Keep your head and neck in line with the spine, your shoulders relaxed, and your arms lengthened.

Muscles Stretched: Obliques, shoulders, inner thighs