I was chatting with a friend this morning about a pair of speakers she heard…
What is it with hip tightness?
It affects mobility and overall health yet, it is accepted as normal. So today I want you to get connected to opening your hips. If only so that your Psoas can help you breathe better again.
- Swing: Hold onto a wall or back of a chair with one hand. lace the other hand on the crease that forms between your pelvis and leg when you bend forward. Slowly swing your leg forward, brush your foot on the ground until it no longer reaches (do not swing too high, 1-2 inches off the ground is plenty). Then return brushing your foot back to the start and beyond towards your back. Do not arch your back. Follow the back extension only as far as comfortable. Swing the leg forward again. Repeat 3-5 times and then switch sides. Observe what you sense with your hand and how it feels as you move through the shape.
- Drawing Infinity: Hold onto a wall or back of a chair with one hand. Place the other hand on the crease that forms between your pelvis and leg when you bend forward. With your hand at the bend very slowly trace the infinity symbol on the floor with your toes (maintain contact with the floor). Start small and get bigger — do not speed up. Your leg will complete part of the shape turned inward and the other outward. Observe what you sense with your hand and how it feels as you move through the shape. Switch sides repeat the same number of movements. Advanced technique: Maintain this movement and let your foot leave the ground, tracing the shape in the air.
Give these two exercises a try and let me know how it goes.
Gina Razón is the Founder and CEO at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service verbal communication studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over two decades of experience as a teacher of voice and speech, is a communication and change facilitator, and is a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.