• Release tension in the posterior chain

Lat Stretches

Did you know, if your lats are chronically tight they can pull your pelvis into an anterior tilt, which will put your hamstrings under tension? 🤔💡🤯

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The lats are often tight in dancers, due to their role in holding the frame and arms. If you suffer from persistent low back ache, or struggle with tight hamstrings that just don’t want to stretch, try working on your lats for a couple of weeks instead and feel the difference. 🩰 💫 🙌🏼

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Due to the fact that the lats cover more surface area than any other muscle of the body, and have multiple origin and insertion points, there are many different ways of stretching them. Each variation will all access different fibres of the muscle; some will feel amazing for you, others maybe not. 🤤🤷🏼‍♀️🥰

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To find a stretch that works for you, experiment with any movement that takes the muscle’s insertion point (top of upper arm) further away from its origin (top of pelvis, low spine, side of ribs, and bottom of shoulder blade). This can include moving the spine into forward flexion, side flexion, rotation or extension, and taking the arms overhead, in front of you, or into an externally rotated position. 🤓🔮😉

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You might feel the stretch in the under arm, around the side of the body and ribs, or in the low back. These are all good!

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These are a few of my favourite lat stretches, have a play around and see what feels good for you. 💕

#Lats #Backstretch #Flexibility #PosteriorChain #Hamstrings

Elizabeth Jones, PhD - En Pointe Fitness
Personal Training, Barre Classes and Dance Conditioning, Brighton & Hove
07967 137234

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