Stop right now for just a moment and think about your shoulders. Where are they sitting?
- Are they close to your ears?
- Are they relaxed?
- Are they forward?
- Do you feel tension at the top of your shoulders?
- How about the top of your neck?
- Maybe even in the front of your chest?
It is highly likely, that the answer to at least one of those questions was yes. I haven't met many people that are completely free of neck tension.
With my own set of neck issues, I have found this amazing neck stretch to be one of my hands-down favorite stretches. I learned this stretch from the woman who taught me how to teach Pilates, Kelly Kane of the Kane School in NYC. She is brilliant.
This stretch is great with a resistance band, but if you don't have one, simply do the stretch without the band and allow your arm to hang.
While following along with this video, pay careful attention to your left and right sides as I call it out. Be gentle with your neck. If the band feels too tight, place your hand higher on the band to decrease the pull on your arm, or simply let your arm hang without the band.
Most importantly, while stretching, focus on the release. Imagine the tension leaving your body. This should be relaxing. Enjoy!
Now that you’re all stretched out
In the comments below, let me know:
- How do you feel after stretching your neck?
- A great time to incorporate this stretch into your everyday life.
Here’s to your happy neck and shoulders!