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The Neck TLC FOR MTs Standing tall and straight, tilt your head downward, and exhale as your chin moves toward your chest. Use one hand to slightly assist the stretch from the back of the head. Hold for 1–2 seconds, then return to fi rst position. You can also perform this stretch while sitting. You will feel this stretch down the back of your neck. Standing tall and straight, position your head between your shoulders, then gently tilt it back to the end of your range of motion. Use your fi ngers to push under the chin to assist in the neck extension if necessary. Hold for 1–2 seconds, then return to fi rst position. 96 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j u l y / a u g u s t 2 0 2 0 NECK FLEXION NECK EXTENSION Body Awareness When your mind is frazzled and your stress level is topping out, it's not uncommon to fi nd your shoulders have quietly inched up to your ears. When you realize you've made your neck disappear—stop. Become aware of your body. Then, tell your shoulders to "drop." Let those tightened neck muscles relax and feel the release. Then, do it again. Repeat this exercise 3–4 times in total, or until you feel you've found the muscle's resting point. Challenge yourself: how far can you drop your shoulders?

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