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Stretch and Flex Exercise #13
Thigh Stretch
 

first picture of thigh stretch

  • Start in the side laying position
  • Keep a straight line, with your ear, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle lined up
  • Your top arm is in front of your chest with your palm flat on the mat for balance
  • Your bottom arm supports your head
  • Lower leg may be bent at the knee for added stability
  • Lift your top leg up off of your bottom leg, allowing a few inches space between them
  • Breathe slowly and deeply, exhaling as you extend the stretch
  second picture of thigh stretch
  • Move the leg backward past the hip joint, keeping it straight
  • Continue to press back with the thigh
  third picture of thigh stretch
  • Flex at the ankle and press the thigh further back while bending your knee
  fourth picture of thigh stretch
  • Your knee needs to stay behind your hip
  • Hold on to your ankle while pushing your foot away from your hand and maintaining a wide angle between your calf and thigh
  • The wider the angle maintained the more advanced the stretch

 

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