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How to Stretch Before Singing & Backbending?

In this episode of MoveMedics TV, I share with you how I stretch BEFORE Singing and Backbending. This is one of the Priming Movement I do to get my body ready for the task ahead.

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In this video I’m going to show you a movement I like to do AFTER I’ve been sitting for a while and BEFORE I practice backbend.

Hi, I’m Selina from MoveMedics here to help you move better, feel better, so you can keep doing what makes you happy for as long as you want.

The movement I’m doing in this video is for demonstration purpose only, if you have pain or have any concerns at all, please go see a qualified health professional.

I call this movement the Tall Stretch because you are literally trying to make yourself as tall as possible. I like to do this after I’ve been sitting for a while as a gentle reversal of the sitting position.

I also like to do this before I practice backbend (also before singing) as a priming movement.

It’s super easy, let’s check it out.

Start with your feet comfortably hip width apart, cross your hands together and we will use our hands as a guide to lift us to the tallest height possible.

As you do so, visualise your vertebrae, every single one of them, lifting and lifting and lifting and lifting, and also your ribcage is also lifting and lifting and lifting.

And once we have lifted as much as we can we will hold it for a moment and then relax, and this is what it looks like.

Feet hip width apart, hands together, going up to the sky and lifting, lifting, and lift, and relax.

Let me show you from the side. Using our hands to go up, lifting, lifting, lifting, and relax.

I like to do about three and then I like to add a banana curl variation to it.

The banana curl is made up of an anterior pelvic tilt, so you will be arching your back, and the other half of the banana curl comes from you sweeping your arms backwards and it looks like this.

Hands together, grow tall first, and then arch, and then sweep, sweep back, and un-arch.

One more time, grow tall, and arch, and sweep come back, un-arch.

Now it’s entirely up to you whether you want to add the banana curl, and it’s also entirely up to you how far back you want to sweep and how much you want to arch.

This is definitely a component I would do before I practice backbend.

And that was the Tall Stretch with the optional banana curl variation.

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