Neck Stretches

Our muscles tend to tighten throughout the day due to environmental and emotional stresses. Taking time to stretch reminds your body of its full capacity of movement and therefore staves off the effects of limited movement we associate with “aging”. This is a stretch for the neck and upper shoulder. (Upper Trapezius, levator scapula, paraspinals.)

Step One: First, place your hand on the opposite side of your head.
Next, take a deep breath in and then out. On the out breath gently move your ear towards your shoulder while you gently deepen the stretch with the pressure of your hand. Hold this stretch for either 2 seconds or for a cycle of 5 breaths depending upon the recommendation of your therapist, and the messages your body gives you. A stretch should never hurt. Pain creates a protective response that causes your muscles to shorten.
Finally, release the stretch and switch to the other side.

Step Two: Rotate your head to one side and then the other. Hold this stretch for either 2 seconds or
for a cycle of 5 breaths depending upon the recommendation of your therapist, and the messages your body gives you.

Step Three: Move your nose towards your right hip and then your left hip. Again hold these
stretches as recommended by your therapist and be careful to listen to your body and what
feel correct for your unique needs.