Today’s stretches are borrowed from yoga, but they’re a great addition to any routine. We refer to them as Child’s Pose #1 and #2, and both will create a gentle stretch in your lower back and shoulder extenders.

For child’s pose #1, kneel on a comfortable surface with your feet pointed. Hinge forward at the hip, and lie prone with your arms stretched out in front of you. Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.

Denise demonstrating the Child's pose, number 1.

From this position, crawl your hands over to one side, placing the “outside” hand over the other. This is Child’s Pose #2, and it has the added benefit of stretching the muscles of your side.

Denise demonstrating the Child's Pose, number 2.

Both of these poses are very comfortable resting positions. Try incorporating them into your regular mat exercises, or just anytime you need a little mental break!

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. Vicars students recieve training in remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.