Hip circles loosen up the hips and help release tension from the lower back.Try to do about six circles in one direction and then coming to a center point, pause briefly and reverse the direction of your circle. They are also great to do in labor not only to help relieve back and hip pain but it can help baby get into the optimal fetal position as your giving your baby more space to move. When prepping someone for birth I put on some good kundalini chanting music, have my girls close their eyes and move their body to the beat and find their own Rhythm. Something to remember … I learned in Tia-Chi the slower you move the calmer you become.