Straddle Splits... Box Splits... Pancake Splits... . . We are always told that we need to use long holds in our stretching techniques. And I agree - but sometimes holding a frog in the centre of the room is just not accessible. And more importantly - when your body is uncomfortable in a long hold stretch it tends to tense making it harder to lengthen which means your unlikely to see much progress in your flexibility. The key to long hold stretches is to relax the body as MUCH as possible - An
It’s said that our relationships are stored in our hips. What exactly does that mean? If we have tight hips, are we bad lovers? Do our tight hips tell us something about our ability to communicate and let people in? Perhaps. Or perhaps we run too much or our parents have tight hips. The tighter our hips, the tighter the lower back; with tension amassing in these regions, the psoas is prone to shortening, making it harder to walk, sit, stand, and practice.