Key Points:

1) Begin by lying on your side with the knees bent at 90-degrees. If you’re able to, use a foam roller (or similar item) to support the head.

2) Place straight arms directly in front of the chest with the hands together.

3) Lift your top arm up and over the torso towards the floor behind you (like opening a book).

4) While completing this motion, be sure to follow the top hand with your eyes, and actively maintain contact with both knees. The bottom knee should be in contact with the ground throughout this entire exercise.

5) Actively think about the torso rotation occurring at the thoracic spine.

6) Hold the end range position for a breath and return to the starting position (like closing a book).

7) Repeat these steps on the opposite side for the prescribed number of repetitions.


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