Putting your feet up

As soon as my baby is asleep, I close the door to the nursery there’s only one thing I want to do – put my feet up!

Instead of going straight downstairs to flop on the sofa, I like to take five minutes to lie down with my feet up the wall. It feels so good. Lying with your feet up the wall has so many benefits: great for circulation yet also relaxing. I love it because this pose takes the weight off my feet AND my back – two in one!

rest in this position for five blissful minutes

The trick to all three poses is to get your bottom as close to the wall as possible. If you find your lower back feels uncomfortable, you can put a folded up blanket under your bottom.

For all three variations, your hands can either be by your side or resting on your stomach – I really like to have one hand on my chest and one hand on my belly as I find it really helps to connect with my breathing.

There are a few variations which I wanted to share:

Bog-standard feet up the wall

legsupwall1
Legs are straight

Lie on the floor with your legs up the wall. Wiggle forward to get your bum as close to the wall as possible. Your legs should be straight with the soles of your feet facing the ceiling. Check you’re lying in a straight line then lie back and relax!

Legs in a ‘v’ shape

LegsUpWall2
Legs move out to the side making a ‘v’ shape

Pretty much exactly the same as the bog-standard version except your legs fall out to the side.

Soles of your feet together

LegsUpWall3
The soles of your feet are together and knees fall out to the side

The preparation is the same as before: lying on the floor with your bottom as close to the wall as you can. Bring the soles of your feet together and breathe!

Try all three leg positions – once you’ve found your favourite, rest in this position for five blissful minutes or longer if you have it.

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