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Neck Stretch

Neck Stretch Neck Stretch

Benefits

Stretches neck and shoulders, reduces tension and relieves tired muscles, promotes better posture, increases circulation to brain and facial muscles, increases energy, reduces overall stress and promotes a deep feeling of relaxation.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Sit in your chair, feet flat on the floor, legs at a 90 degree angle. Contract your abdominal muscles just slightly, lift up through your chest and lengthen your spine.  Drop your shoulders down your back.
  • Step 2: Place your hands on your thighs.  As you inhale, lengthen through the crown of your head a little more, and as you exhale, gently lower your right ear toward your right shoulder. Relax your right shoulder and drop it down away from your right ear.
  • Step 3: (Not Shown) Optional:  To move deeper, release your left hand to the underside of your chair and gently hold on as you stretch deeper, maybe even leaning slightly to the right.
  • Step 4: Stay here, breathing in and out, for at least 30 seconds. 
  • Step 5: Inhale and lift your head and body back to center.  Exhale, lower your left ear toward your left shoulder.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 on this side.
  • Step 6: To come out, inhale your head and body back to center.  Give your shoulders a shake, and repeat again on both sides if you have time.