Spine Twist with Swiss Ball
I find the spine twist a great muscle stretch. It is used in Pilates mat work as a gentle stretch before beginning the actual Pilates exercises.
For me personally I use this muscle stretching technique and it helps to relax my back in the morning along with laying on my back and hugging my knees to my chest. This stretch just feels good! A kind of wake up call for my spine.
There is another twist to this one though and it is that you can make use of your Swiss ball or exercise ball. This position of raising the legs for me, is very comfortable as the pressure is released from my lower back.
You will also find with this exercise that you will stretch your hip and the muscles running along your outer thighs.
Grab your ball and your mat!