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So much pain and tension resides in the neck. To give yourself some relief, doesn’t take much time or energy. Take 5 minutes to try these 3 stretches. They can be done anywhere, the first 2 can even be done at your desk.
1. Neck Release – Start in a comfortable seat. Sitting up nice and tall. Roll your shoulders back. Drop your right ear to right shoulder. Keep your chin parallel to the floor. Deepen this stretch by crawling the left fingers out. You can also reach the right arm up, bend the elbow, and bring the hand on to the left temple. After several breaths here, roll your chin down towards the right corner, to stretch more in to the back of your neck. Take a few breaths here. Tilt the chin up towards the top left corner, to stretch the front of the neck. A few more breaths here. Repeat this through on the other side.
2. Stretch – Stay seated, interlace your fingers behind your back. Bring both of your hands as far on to the right hip as possible. Push your left shoulder down. Turn and look over your right shoulder. Hold for a moment. Repeat on the other side.
3. Forward Fold – This is a great way to relieve compression especially. Bring your feet as wide as your mat. Keep your knees generously bent. Let yourself dangle. As the emphasis is on the neck, let your head be very heavy. Maybe nod the head slowly side to side, or up and down. To intensify, interlace your fingers and place them where the head and neck meet. Inch the elbows towards the chin.
If you want to be walked through these stretches the first time through, check out the video below.
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