The Arch

Introduction

  • The supported arch makes you feel refreshed and energised. The abdominals are stretched, rib muscles are strengthened and opened, and internal organs are open and free
  • The ball gives you a stretch in the thoracic (upper) back and the lower back
  • The purpose of the arch is to stretch the spine and torso

Motions

Start Position

  • Sit in the middle of the ball

Step 1

  • Slowly walk out your feet in front of you
  • The ball will roll under you

Step 2

  • Put your hands behind your head and support your head and neck while rolling down, until they are totally supported by the ball

Step 3

  • Gently lift the buttocks to keep the hips in line with the knees and shoulders

Step 4

  • Lengthen the arms overhead and breathe for a few counts

Step 5

  • Push into the feet to arch the body over the ball
  • Hold this stretch for a few counts

Step 6

  • To come out of the arch, put your hands behind your head and immediately lift the head, chin to chest

Step 7

  • Curl up, supporting head and neck

Step 8

  • Place hands on ball and walk backwards. The ball will roll under you

Step 9

  • Sit up back in start position

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