Recently I hinted about some great stretches I had been teaching to keep your fascia hydrated and highly flexible.
Well, the time has come and I’ve really been looking forward to sharing this extremely effective fascia mobility exercise I learned at the Fascial Conditioning workshop with Robert Schleip.
This exercise is called the Fascia Cat Stretch and it’s helping to create some truly stellar movement and release in people’s bodies and getting rave reviews from everyone who’s doing it. It goes right to the areas where people need the most release and movement and I’ve yet to find two people who feel this stretch in the exact same place.
One woman I’ve been working with for three years has gorgeous posture when she’s standing, or sitting with her knees bent. But sitting with straight legs out in front is a completely different story. She can’t do it without her back slumping big-time.
She dreads Pilates exercises that require her to sit with her legs straight out in front and while she does modify by bending her knees, one of her goals is to sit tall with gorgeous posture and straight legs.
She’s been consistently practicing a variety of stretches for two years, working toward this goal. She’s definitely made progress with her flexibility and gained tons of deep strength in her body, but sitting tall with legs straight out has eluded her.
The first time she did the Fascia Cat Stretch, she looked at me when it was over and told me she had never before felt her body stretch in that area. And she could totally feel how her body was inhibited by this area of tightness.
I knew we had finally found the missing puzzle piece her body had needed. I haven’t been this excited by an exercise in a long time!
By adding this into the flexibility training she is already doing, she’s finally starting to make major progress toward her goal. I know it’s just a matter of time before she’s sitting tall with her gorgeous posture while her legs are straight out in front of her.
I hope you enjoy the Fascia Cat Stretch. If you try it out, I’d love to here how it feels in your body and where you felt it. Let me know in the comments below, or just click the contact link at the top of the page and send a note.
See you in the studio,
P.S If you are in a hurry and want to get straight to the exercise itself, it starts at minute two.