This exercise allows you to stretch most muscles of the upper body at one time. When you feel healthy and are injury-free, the towel stretch keeps the muscles loose together. Then these muscles can function together to perform your daily motions and strengthen during exercise, without injury.
Here is how it works:
Start with holding the towel behind you against your back, using your right/upper hand with the palm facing the back of your head. Then hold the bottom of the towel with your left/lower hand facing away at your low back. This position should feel comfortable with some tightness, but not pain.
Step 1: Pull UP with the right hand. This will stretch the left side and arm (tricep, shoulder, upper back, chest, neck). Hold for 15 seconds.
Step 2: Pull DOWN with the lower/left hand. This will stretch the right side and arm (tricep, shoulder, neck, upper back, chest). Hold for 15 seconds.
Step 3: Repeat 3 times for 15 seconds each.
Step 4: Switch side. Repeat steps 1-3.
ALWAYS start with and hold good posture during this stretch, keeping your head back.
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