We all probably wake up stiff, and either we have a hard time getting out of bed because mentally we are not really ready, or we are just in so much pain that we’d rather stay in bed than face the day ahead.
I want to help you start your day off fresh and maybe a little less pain free, by bringing more awareness into the body with some slow movements.
Doing some light stretches in the morning can help tremendously, and for these ones you don’t even have to get out of bed! You are basically just rolling around in bed, too easy!
- Just lie on your back and take 15 deep breaths, maybe place your hands on your belly so you can track your breathing in and out of your body.
- Knees to chest – bring your knees in to your chest and hug your arms around them. Pick up the head and guide the forehead towards your knees, relax the shoulders away from the ears and then place the head back down. Hang out in this pose for about 8-10 breaths.
- Place your arms out to your sides, in a “T”, and release the knees over to your right, gaze towards your left. Take 8 breaths and then guide the knees back to centre and then release to the left, gaze towards your right. Take 8 breaths, and then come back to centre.
- Happy baby – grab a hold of the knees and open the knees towards the armpits, this might be enough for you in the morning because often we are very tight around our hips and low back area. If you want to go deeper you can grab a hold of your ankles/feet and stack the ankles on top of the knees so that they are inline with each other. Hold for 8 breaths.
- Child’s pose – turn your body around so that you are on your knees, you can choose how wide you want your knees. They can be right inline with the hips, or open them up further but make sure that the big toes are still touching. The wider the knees are the deeper the stretch is in your hips. Release the torso over or between your legs, let the arms rest in front of your body. Hold for 10 breaths.
These are great poses to do in the morning to bring awareness into the body, generate some new energy, and to release any stored tension in the body.
These poses are also great to do after you’ve had sex (or in some cases tried to have sex)! If you suffer from pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, or you hold a lot of tension in your vagina during sex because you’re scared, this can help tremendously to calm down the nervous system and to feel a sense of calm through your body. And it’s just nice to do after sex because your body will feel loved.
Give it a go and let me know what you think!