If you’ve ever tried different stretches for those muscles in your hips and couldn’t quite reach them, then you know that certain muscles are simply difficult to stretch. These muscles require special attention to make sure they’re stretched and taken care of properly. Use these stretches to increase flexibility and muscle use in those hard to reach places.
Hip Flexor Stretches
One of the best ways to stretch your groin and hip area is by practicing hip flexor stretches. To begin, step forward with one of your legs into a lunge. Keeping your back straight and your hips tucked under will increase the effectiveness of this stretch. Lower your body down until your front knee is bent at a 90 degree angle. Bend your back leg until your knee is just about touching the ground. You should feel a slight pull in your hips and groin area. Hold this pose for 10 breaths and repeat with the opposite leg.
The Rhomboid Muscle Stretches
This is one of those stretches that seems simple but can work wonders on those muscles between your shoulders. Start by sitting on the ground with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right leg and place it over your left, with your right ankle at your left knee. Place your right hand on your right ankle with your elbow at your right knee. Gently press down on your right knee while turning your shoulders and head toward your left side. Lean back. Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds and release. Repeat with the opposite side of your body.
Inner Thigh Adductor Stretches
The inner thigh is sometimes one of the most difficult areas to stretch and regular stretches just don’t do the trick. The inner thigh adductor stretch provides your inner thigh muscles with the proper amount of stretch. Keeping your feet flat on the ground about shoulder or hip-distance apart, bend your legs until you are in a full squat. Tuck your elbows inside your knees, one elbow on each knee, with your hands gently together. Apply steady pressure to your knees with your elbows, forcing them apart. You should feel a pull in the inside of your thighs and groin area. Hold this position for 10 to 15 breaths and release.
Just like any other part of your body, your chest muscles get tense and need to be stretched. To do so, simply stand in a narrow doorway and place your hands on each side of the doorway. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and look straight ahead. Keeping your hands on the doorway, lean forward, pulling your pectoral muscles into a refreshing stretch. Hold this for 5 breaths and release.
An alternate form of this stretch is to grasp your hands together behind you and pull your shoulders together in the back.
Just because a set of muscles is hard to stretch doesn’t mean that there aren’t stretches to help relax them. Some muscles are more difficult to stretch than others, but using these techniques will help reduce the built up stress and tightness that collects in them.