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An exercise that prevents lordosis (an accentuated inward curvature of the lower part of the spine) and relieves backache. It also stretches the lumbar muscles and gluteals (figure 26).▪ Lie on your back. Grasp the back of your thighs and slowly bring both knees to your chest, curling your pelvis and upper body off the floor. Hold for 30–60 seconds.

▪ Lie on your back. Grasp the back of your thighs and slowly bring both knees to your chest, curling your pelvis and upper body off the floor. Hold for 30–60 seconds.

A modified foetal stretch is sometimes performed by grasping the shin and drawing one leg at a time up to the chest. This form of the exercise can be harmful and is generally not recommended.

Figure 26 (a) Foetal stretch; (b) Modified stretch.

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