If you want to intensify this stretch, get into position and then reach up as high as you can. You’ll target the thoracic spine, which is slightly above the shoulder girdle. Release, rock back, repeat, rock forward, twist and extend.
Don’t forget to breathe while performing these movements!
Even if you don’t suffer from back pain, this is a great thoracic spine movement and hip flexor exercise to help loosen up the body and prepare you for safe and effective movements.
For all the squatters and dead lifters out there, here’s an awesome mobility drill for the hip flexors to prepare you for squats.
To begin, your front leg is at 90 degree and you are sitting on the heel of your back leg. Your left leg is forward, while the right leg is underneath you with your foot underneath the body. Tuck your tailbone underneath you, you are in posterior pelvic tail, and tilt your hips back. Now, sit down as low as you can, and extend your hips forward, feeling a deep stretch on the inside of your hip flexors or your adductors. To obtain the most benefits from this movement, back down, drive forward, back down, drive forward, while maintaining a posterior pelvic tilt.