Most people know that stretching offers benefits such as prevening workout injuries, increasing range of motion, and keeping muscles flexible, but did you know that certain stretches can boost your sex life as well?
Here, we’ll take a look at 10 delicious, effective stretches that can help you take things to the next level in the bedroom.
Want a Better Sex Life? Try These 10 Stretches
Stretching helps prevent our range of motion from becoming restricted and gets blood moving through the pelvic area when you stretch your hips and legs. This increase in blood flow can have a positive impact on arousal.
Better yet, these stretches don’t require hours in the gym every day. Simply do them regularly and start enjoying the benefits!
1. Hip Lift
Best For Improving – When you are on bottom. While this may seem like an easy position, you still need strong hamstrings and glutes for thrusting and lifting.
How to Do a Hip Lift – Lie on your back on a soft surface such as carpeting or a yoga mat and put your arms at your sides. Raise your legs until they are perpendicular to your torso and pointed straight up toward the ceiling. Make sure your knees are aligned over your hips. If needed, you can bend your knees, but straight legs have the added benefit of stretching your hamstrings at the same time.
Next, use your deep core muscles to pull your navel toward your spine and take a deep inhale. As you exhale, lift your hips a few inches off the floor while maintaining legs pointed straight to the ceiling. Avoid lifting your head. Slowly, in a controlled motion, inhale and lower your hips back to the floor.
Watch and Learn – How To Do Downward Facing Dog
Why Downward Dog Works – This calming pose relaxes the mind while invigorating the body – great for sex! It also helps you feel long, strong, and quite sexy as you bend over and lift your butt in the air.
Visually, it also puts you in a position where you are staring directly at your groin and hips and can be an excellent moment to appreciate your body, what it is capable of, and how beautiful it is.
How Often – Do several rounds of this relaxing pose anytime you need to clear your head and wake up your shoulder muscles, ideally completing it at least 3 to 4 times a week.
3. Cat/Cow Stretch
Best For Improving – Doggy Style
How to Do It – On a soft surface, get on your hands and knees with shoulders directly above the wrists. Round your shoulders down as you push through your arms and round your back toward the ceiling. Chin should be tilted down. This is the “cat” portion of the stretch (pictured below).
For “cow”, remain on your hands and knees as you transition to an arched back, tilt your face up, and push your butt out and up as much as possible.
Bedroom Benefits of the Butterfly Stretch – This move is great for stretching the inner thighs, improving blood flow to the pelvis, and opening the hips for a wider range of motion. It also helps increase feelings of openness and intimacy.
How Often – Aim to do this stretch every other day.
5. Pigeon Pose
Best For Improving – Pretty much any position!
How To Do Pigeon Pose – Once you are comfortable in downward dog, begin in this position. Raise your left leg as high as you can while keeping hips square before bending it as you bring it forward under your chest and toward your left wrist. Angle your left shin under your torso while bringing your left foot to the front of your right knees, behind your left hand.
To protect your knees, keep your left foot flexed. Bend your knees as much as needed to make sure you are comfortable. It is important to protect the knees in this pose to avoid irritating the joint.
Lower the outside of your left buttock to the floor and position your left heel so it is in front of your right hip. Avoid putting any weight on your left hip. Place your hands on either side of your leg for stability and comfort. Hold for 4 to 5 breaths before carefully returning to down dog.
How Often – Repeat for 3 or 4 rounds (with 30 seconds of rest between each round) every other day.
Why It Works – The frog stretch helps open the hips and encourage flexibility in the adductor muscles, meaning it will help you spread your legs wider. Along with added flexibility, this move also engages the core and glute muscles.
7. Deep Yogi Squat
Best For Improving – Woman on top. Ever find yourself running out of steam during cowgirl? This is your move!
How to Do Deep Yogi Squats – This move, also known as Melasana, begins in wide stance position (standing up straight, with feet farther than hip width apart). With feet angled at 45 degrees, lower into a deep squat, keeping your shoulders stacked over hips, knees behind toes, and butt straight toward the ground. Lift your butt and hips a couple of inches until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
Hold until it burns… and then hold some more! To get back into a standing position, press heels into the floor and use your leg muscles to thrust yourself back up.