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9 of the Best Stretches to Prepare for Your Boudoir Session

Updated: Aug 8, 2023


When it comes to capturing your unique beauty in a boudoir session, feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin is key. To help you achieve that wonderful sense of self-assurance, we've put together a comprehensive guide to 9 of the best stretches that will not only enhance your physical flexibility but also help you cultivate relaxation, body awareness, and a deep connection with your inner beauty. These stretches are designed to prepare you mentally and physically, ensuring you're ready to embrace your boudoir session with poise and elegance. So, let's dive into this empowering journey of self-care and self-love through the art of stretching.


 
cat-cow

1) Cat-Cow Stretch


Find Your Flow and Confidence

Flow through the cat-cow stretch to warm up your spine and engage your core. This dynamic movement encourages a fluid connection between your breath and body, helping you find your unique rhythm. Imagine each inhale infusing you with confidence and each exhale releasing any doubts or insecurities.


  1. Begin on your hands and knees in a tabletop position.

  2. Inhale, arch your back, and lift your chest towards the ceiling while dropping your belly towards the ground (Cow Pose).

  3. Exhale, round your back, and tuck your chin towards your chest while pulling your belly button in (Cat Pose).

  4. Flow between Cow and Cat Poses, synchronizing the movements with your breath.

  5. Repeat the sequence for several rounds, gradually increasing the range of motion.


 

2) Supine Pigeon Pose


Unveil Inner Elegance and Serenity


Gently open the gateway to your inner elegance and serenity with the Supine Pigeon Pose. As you sink into this soothing stretch, you're embarking on a journey of releasing, letting go, and embracing the layers of your beauty that reside within.


  1. Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you.

  2. Bend your right knee and place your right ankle over your left thigh, near your knee.

  3. Gently press your right knee away from your body to feel a stretch in your right hip.

  4. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.


 
Doorway Shoulder Stretch

3) Doorway Shoulder Stretch


Carry Your Confidence


Release tension from your shoulders, the very place where you carry the weight of the world. As you stretch and open this area, visualize releasing any burdens and standing tall with the confidence you deserve.


  1. Find a doorway with enough space to extend your arms comfortably.

  2. Stand in the doorway facing forward, with your feet hip-width apart.

  3. Raise your arms to the sides, parallel to the floor, and bend your elbows to 90 degrees so that your forearms and palms are facing forward. Your upper arms should be parallel to the floor as well.

  4. Step forward with one foot, placing it in front of you through the doorway. Ensure that you maintain a stable stance with your feet.

  5. As you step forward, gently lean your body forward, allowing your chest to move through the doorway. You should feel a stretch in the front of your shoulders and chest. Adjust your position within the doorway to find the appropriate level of stretch.

  6. Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, breathing deeply and relaxing into the stretch.

  7. After holding the stretch, slowly step back and release your arms down to your sides.

  8. Repeat the stretch, this time stepping forward with the opposite foot to ensure balanced stretching.


 
Child's Pose

4) Child's Pose


Cultivate Relaxation and Inner Peace


Transition into a calming child's pose to release tension in your back and shoulders. Letting go of stress and anxiety, you'll create space for inner peace to flourish. Visualize yourself surrounded by an aura of tranquility, knowing that you're fully capable of embracing your beauty from within.


  1. Begin on your hands and knees, then sit back on your heels.

  2. Lower your torso forward and rest your forehead on the ground.

  3. Extend your arms in front of you or rest them alongside your body.

  4. Breathe deeply and relax in this position for 1-2 minutes.


 
Seated Spinal Twist

5) Seated Spinal Twist


Enhance Flexibility and Adaptability


Enhance your flexibility and adaptability with a seated twist. This stretch symbolizes your readiness to gracefully adapt to new experiences. Imagine yourself confidently navigating the twists and turns of your session, embodying flexibility in both body and mind.


  1. Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you.

  2. Bend your right knee and place your right foot on the outside of your left thigh.

  3. Twist your upper body to the right, placing your left elbow on the outside of your right knee.

  4. Gently twist further while keeping your spine long and your shoulders relaxed.

  5. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.


 
Cobra Pose

6) Cobra Pose


Embrace Your Inner Strength and Grace


As you rise into this pose, you're not only stretching your body but also connecting with your inner strength and grace – qualities that will radiate beautifully during your session.


  1. Lie on your stomach with your legs extended and your palms on the ground under your shoulders.

  2. Press your hands into the floor and lift your chest, keeping your lower body grounded.

  3. Engage your core and lengthen through your spine while keeping your shoulders relaxed.

  4. Hold the pose for 20-30 seconds while breathing deeply.


 

Neck Stretch

7) Neck Stretch


Embrace the Grace of Poise and Confidence


As our journey to prepare for your boudoir session nears its finale, let's take a moment to indulge in the simple yet impactful Neck Stretch. This stretch is a graceful reminder to carry yourself with poise and confidence, embodying the beauty that radiates from within.


  1. Sit or stand with a tall, upright posture.

  2. Tilt your head to the right, bringing your right ear towards your right shoulder.

  3. Place your right hand over your left temple and gently apply pressure for a deeper stretch.

  4. Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.


 
Forward Fold

8) Standing Forward Fold


Release and Let Go


Allow stress to melt away as you surrender into a standing forward fold. This stretch elongates your spine and hamstrings, symbolizing your ability to release anything that no longer serves you. Picture yourself shedding any negative self-perceptions, leaving space for self-love and acceptance.


  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart.

  2. Bend forward from your hips, allowing your upper body to hang over your legs.

  3. Let your head and neck relax and reach toward the ground.

  4. You can slightly bend your knees if needed to release tension in the hamstrings.

  5. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds to 1 minute while breathing deeply.


 
Goddess Pose

9) Goddess Pose


Embrace Your Inner Divinity and Strength


This empowering stance goes beyond physicality, inviting you to channel your inner divinity and strength – qualities that will shine brilliantly during your session.


  1. Stand with your feet wide apart, wider than your hips, and turn your toes slightly outward.

  2. Bend your knees and lower your hips down into a squat position. Keep your knees aligned with your toes.

  3. Press your palms together at your heart center, keeping your elbows bent and opening your chest.

  4. Engage your core muscles and lengthen your spine, keeping your back straight.

  5. Relax your shoulders and draw them down and away from your ears.

  6. Feel the opening and stretching in your inner thighs as you hold the pose.

  7. Breathe deeply and hold the Goddess Pose for several breaths or as long as comfortable.

  8. To release the pose, straighten your legs, bring your feet back to parallel, and relax your arms by your sides.


 

Taking the time to prepare your body and mind before your session can make all the difference in feeling confident, comfortable, and radiant. Remember, boudoir photography is about celebrating your unique beauty, embracing vulnerability, and reclaiming your self-assurance. So, don't underestimate the power of these stretches in enhancing your flexibility, boosting your energy, and bringing out your inner radiance. Prioritize self-care, embrace your body, and let the magic of the boudoir unfold. Now, go ahead, embrace these stretches, and prepare to step into your boudoir session with grace and confidence. You are deserving of the spotlight, and we can't wait to capture your beauty in all its glory!






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