Foundations: Maintain Alignment
Quick Intro: Dynamic Hamstring Stretch
Borrowed from the Shoulder Bridge in the Traditional repertoire, I love this variant of a Hamstring Stretch! The focus is on Pelvic Stability, but the exercise has much more “flow”, and is much more like Pilates! It’s also much more like “Single Leg Circles” that we are building towards with this exercise…
It also demonstrates a concept that is common to many Plates exercises: “working in opposition” – one part of the body is doing one thing whilst another part of the body is being held under control. Here the leg is swinging, but the pelvis is staying still.
What’s it good for?
🌟 Stretching the hamstrings in a moving or dynamic stretch.
🌟 Learning pelvic stability.
🌟 Learning “Single Leg Circles” for people with limited range of Movement.
A quick “how to”…
🌟 Lie on your back with your knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor.
🌟 Reach one leg out straight.
🌟 Keeping your pelvis steady, swing your leg as far overhead as you can.
🌟 Repeat ten to fifteen times.
Hints & Tips:
🌟 Do some Pelvic Rocking before doing this exercise to help establish a “neutral pelvis”.
🌟 Stretch frequently and consistently over time for best results.
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