Pilates Exercise: Sartorius Stretch

Pilates Exercise: Sartorius Stretch

Time for the sartorius stretch! What's that? It's a part of your hip flexors and a great stretch to help relieve discomfort in your hips.

This is the most viewed video in my collection so I thought I would bring it back while I'm on vacation!

This video has not been modified for injury or chronic pain issues. Please talk to your doctor before beginning any fitness routine.

We start in a fourth position and will be stretching the back leg. In this example, I'll be stretching my right sartorius. I'm in a fourth position and I'm going to lay down on my left forearm back behind me at a slight diagonal.

Some of you may already feel a stretch in the sartorius (it's at the hip and runs across over the quad and attaches at the inside of the knee). To add more stretch, exhale and press the right knee down into the floor and keep the right hip back. On the inhale, let the knee release.

Be careful lifting up the hip as you press your knee down. We want to make sure the hip stays still because that will give us a more effective stretch. Exhale, press the knee down towards the floor and feel the increase of the stretch, then inhale and release. Exhale, press the knee down and then inhale and release.

You can stop after you feel the release and mobility increase. Note that it may be different on each side because one leg is usually tighter than the other. If you notice one side is tighter, I recommend you spend more time on the tighter side because it will take longer to release.

Enjoy!

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