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Knee Squeeze Stretch Variation

Knee Squeeze Purpose

Increases circulation in the neck, shoulders and lower back which helps to reduce tension in these areas but it also has the added benifits of reducing body fat and strengthening abdominal muscles, it also relieves gas and heartburn and helps with constipation.

Knee Squeeze Variation Instructions

Lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides. Inhale to a count of three as you raise your right knee to your chest. Wrap your arms around your knee, squeeze your knee to your chest. Exhale to a count of three as you slowly relax, straightening your leg until it rests on the floor. Repeat with your left leg. Repetitions: 3 on each side, alternating sides. Then rest a moment, breathing gently. Try this same exercise but now lift both legs. In this variation it is important to breathe in to a count of three first, then hold your breath in for a count of three while you squeeze. If you try to breathe in and lift at the same time, you will not get a complete lung full of air because you will be tightening your stomach muscles to help you lift your legs. After a week or so of doing the double knee squeeze, you may add the following step. After you squeeze your knees to your chest, lift your forehead as far as possible between your knees, relax and breathe out. Do 3 Repetitions.

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