This information will help you get into the prone position (lying on your belly). It also includes tips to help you relax once you’re in that position, including music therapy and guided imagery.Back to top
Getting into the Prone Position
Follow the steps below to move from a seated position to prone position. Your movements should be slow and smooth.
- Sit up in bed with your legs extended and the head of the bed elevated.
- Lower the head of the bed so that you’re flat on your back, facing the ceiling.
- Gently bend both knees with your feet slightly apart (see Figure 1).
- Allow your knees to gently roll to one side.
- Allow your torso (middle of your body) to follow the direction of your knees.
- Gently bring your top hand over and place it flat on the bed (see Figure 2).
- Slide your bottom arm underneath your head for support, if you can.
- Gently straighten your legs back behind you (see Figure 3).
- Bring your bottom elbow around as your slide onto your belly (see Figure 4).
- Find a comfortable space for your arms to rest.
If you need help getting into the prone position, ask a member of your healthcare team. They will be able to help you get comfortable by adding pillows and towels for support.Back to top
Relaxing in the Prone Position
Once you’re in the prone position, you may find it helpful to prop your smartphone or tablet up on the bed so that you can watch videos to help you relax. There are many videos on YouTube; the videos below are some examples selected by the staff of MSK’s Integrative Medicine Service.Back to top