Splits poses move adjacent digits in opposite directions.
While there are muscles affecting this action, a substantial
proportion of the effect involves stretching the associated
Connective tissues - such as ligaments - do not stretch
easily - and are difficult to stretch correctly. Go
very gently. You have significant leverage here,
and connective tissue does not take vigorous stretching
at all kindly.
Do not be discouraged by apparent lack of progress.
It is better to go too slowly than too rapidly here.
Splits are often done against a surface - frequently the
upper surface of the thigh.
Front splits, trailing finger forwards
Front splits, leading finger forwards
- The poses on this page can all be repeated for each
pair of consecutive fingers.
- Combinations of finger splits are possible - with
fingers alternating forwards and backwards. However there
are too many combinations to enumerate here.
- Like many other digit poses, finger splits can usefully
be performed at different angles - as well as forwards and
sideways as illustrated here.