What Muscles Do You Feel Stretching When Performing a Butterfly Stretch?

Spending several hours a day sitting in front of your desk working can make your groin muscles as tight as a stretched rubber band. This stiffness will make your daily activities and workouts more difficult because you cannot easily extend and rotate your hips when you get in and out of your car or climb stairs. The butterfly stretch stretches your inner thigh muscles, including the adductors group, gracilis and pectineus. You can either stretch from a seated position or the more relaxing supine position. So take a deep breathe, exhale -- stretch.

Seated Butterfly Stretch

Step 1

Sit on the floor and bring the soles of your feet together. Rest your hands on top of your ankles.

Step 2

Sit tall with your chin tilted slightly up and your eyes focused forward. Extend your spine a little and relax your shoulders.

Step 3

Relax your knees and hold the stretch for five to six deep breaths.

Lying Groin Stretch

Step 1

Lie on your back and place the soles of your feet together.

Step 2

Rest your hands on your knees and bring your heels to your groin as close as you can.

Step 3

Hold the stretch for five to six deep breaths.

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