Day: February 24, 2019

5 Simple Stretches for Winter (In)Activity

Whether you’re participating in winter sports, Netflix marathons, or in OT at your desk, stretching can benefit your well-being!  It only takes a few minutes to refresh your mind, relax your body, and prevent injuries. *Hold each posture for at least 30 seconds or five breaths (2 count inhale – pause – 2 count exhale – pause)* Clasping hands behind the back –          This movement increases the range of motion in the shoulders and stretches across the chest. How to: –          Clasp your hands (palms together) or interlace your fingers (palms apart) behind your lower back –          Relax the neck and shoulder to increase the stretch across the chest; keep chin parallel to the floor –          Lift the hands to intensify the stretch –          Modification: hold a cloth between the hands if your shoulders are tight and you cannot clasp your hands Eagle (garudasana) arms –          Stretches the muscles in the upper back, especially between the shoulder blades How to: –          Stack elbows in front of your chest and lift the hands up & away from the face; lower the shoulders away …