As you move your muscles begin to loosen and lengthen. Movement can also improve digestion, when accompanied by diaphragmatic breathing your gut is in a happy place!
Here is a movement sequence that does just that…
Seated Trunk Motion: This can be done seated in a chair, as shown, or on the floor in a cross-legged position. Be aware of starting from “pelvis neutral” by sitting directly on top of your sit bones, allow your pelvis to move naturally as you go through the sequence. Only go as far as feels right to you-listen to your body.
As you inhale feel your ribs cage lengthen front, back and sides (like a balloon expanding), as your belly and spine expand and lengthen throughout the sequence.
- Cross one arm over the other with straight arms. Fold over your lap and breathe.
- Inhale coming back to an upright seated position and twist your shoulders and trunk towards back of chair. Reach your top arm behind you and use your lower arm to deepen the twist by gently pressing into your outer leg.
- Inhale coming back to an upright seated position, still turned, and fold over the side of your lap. Breathe.
- Think “lengthen” on your inhale and softening/relaxing on your exhale
Try holding each move for 3-5 slow, deep breathes 3 times
flow through each move one breath at a time, after you have done all 3-thats one rep. Perform 3-5 reps on one side, then perform on other side.