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An exercise which tones and strengthens the body as a whole, but has a particularly beneficial effect on the back and abdominal muscles.▪ Assume a kneeling position, resting on the balls of your feet and the palms of your hands. Slowly and smoothly raise your buttocks as high as possible and drop your head between your arms. Hold the raised position for a few seconds, then slowly lower yourself back to the starting position. Gently thrust your head back, push up with your arms, and push down with your buttocks to hollow the spine. Repeat about ten times.

▪ Assume a kneeling position, resting on the balls of your feet and the palms of your hands. Slowly and smoothly raise your buttocks as high as possible and drop your head between your arms. Hold the raised position for a few seconds, then slowly lower yourself back to the starting position. Gently thrust your head back, push up with your arms, and push down with your buttocks to hollow the spine. Repeat about ten times.

If performed too enthusiastically and forcibly, this exercise can do more harm than good. Remember to move slowly and smoothly; never bounce into the end positions. Stop when you feel resistance or at the first signs of pain or real discomfort (see stretch stress).

Subjects: Medicine and Health.


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