The towel stretch, as the name implies, is usually performed with a towel. However, the same effect can be achieved by using a band, a rope or anything similar as long as it’s long enough to hold in both hands comfortably.
- To perform the stretch, hold one side of the towel in one hand and raise it over your head so that the towel hangs behind your back.
- With your other arm, reach behind the back and grab the bottom of the towel.
- Once in position, gently pull the towel upwards with your upper hand and slowly move your other arm (that’s behind) up the back following the towel.
- When you start feeling a stretch in the shoulder, hold the same position until your comfortable before pulling the arm any further.
When reach enough flexibility, you should be able to perform the exercise by just using your hands, without additional assistance from the towel or a band:
Remember not to force anything and progress slowly to avoid any shoulder pain or discomfort.