I found an amazing resource that shows the muscle you are stretching. These illustrations were created by Vicky Timón, a yoga expert and author of “Encyclopedia of Pilates Exercises,” and James Kilgallon, CSCS, creator of Mazlo’s Body Maintenance Program.
And remember, a stretch should be pain-free and you need to hold it for at least 30 seconds. Stretch after exercise, not before.
This pectoral stretch (29) has to be the one I give the most often, it helps reverse "desk posture" where the shoulders are hunched forward. I find this to be the cause of many instances of upper back and neck pain, as well as contribute to headaches, RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome.
All entries complied by osteopath Dr Wei Chua unless otherwise stated.