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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 11 (February 1, 1936)

Beautify the Back

Beautify the Back.

We read and hear so much nowadays about improving the waistline that it is almost a relief to remember that our backs deserve some consideration, and that a slim, straight back counts for a good deal in beauty of figure.

A little firm massage applied to the back after the bath will help remove the fat deposit which often settles between the shoulders and the nape of the neck. This can be easily accomp page 59 lished with either a massage roller or a fairly coarse towel.

When you feel that your back is growing stiff make a rule of practising a bending exercise for five or ten minutes each morning. One cannot improve on the universal exercise of bending the body—keeping the knees quite straight—and touching the toes. This exercise is of course good for the abdominal muscles as well as helping to keep the back youthful.

On a beach recently it was quite surprising to hear so many comments passed in regard to the back. Backs have been more or less taken as a matter of course—but after hearing—it seemed to me—more remarks about the back than the figure generally, it seemed time that it came in for its share of attention. Faces, necks, etc., have had their innings, and now we should see that our backs are straight and supple by giving them the attention they undoubtedly deserve.