These torso stretches are ideal to do while practicing because you don’t have to take off your guitar. For best results, your feet should be shoulder width apart and you should be balanced firmly on your pelvis with knees slightly bent. Always remember these 4 things:
Relax in a comfortable position.
Stretch slowly in a NO PAIN range of motion.
Stretch as needed or at least every 1 – 1.5 hours.
Remember to stretch both sides!
Torso Stretch 1
This first stretch can be started using the last stretch from our hand stretch series.
This time, with fingers interlaced, raise your hands slowly in front of your body until they are directly above your head. Stretch upwards and hold 10-15 seconds.
Then, in the same position being sure to keep hands directly over head, bend slowly to one side and hold for 10-15 seconds. Then bend slowly to the other side, keeping your spine straight and hold for equal amount of time.
Place your hands in a comfortable position resting on your guitar. If you’re playing an electric, you can place your hands at your hips or in prayer position.
Twist your torso slowly to one side. Allow your head to move into the twist as well. Once again, don’t force it. As you twist, look as far to that side as you can just by moving your eyes. This makes the twist more energizing. Hold the twist for 10 to 15 seconds, breathing deeply and fully into the lower abdomen and lower back. When you’re finished, repeat the twist in the other direction.
Begin with shoulder blades back and down. Keeping your shoulders in this position, lower your chin gently to your chest and hold here for a few seconds.
Now bring your left ear to your left shoulder, dropping your right shoulder for maximum stretch and hold.
Gently raise your chin towards the ceiling, being careful not to let the head fall back without control.
Now bring right ear to right shoulder wile dropping left shoulder and hold.
Finally come back to chin to chest. Remember to breathe slowly and repeat 3 – 5 times.
Torso Stretch 2
Begin with fingers interlaced behind your back as in picture below
Lift arms to stretch upper arms and back. Hold as long as comfortable.
Bending over slightly, raise arms even higher to give your lower back a nice stretch. Again, hold as long as comfortable
We hope these stretches will help you keep your body happy during your practice sessions. Treat it as a magnificent and irreplaceable instrument that deserves your TLC. And don’t forget to hydrate!