Do you suffer from tension, stress headaches or neck pain? If you answered yes you’re not alone. 6 out of 10 Massage in Motion customers are plagued by chronic headaches and the majority of them are caused by muscle tightness and stress. Did you know that in 5-10 minutes on your own you can alleviate most of them?
There are several stretches you can do on your own to alleviate neck tension, however my favorite ‘trick’ to teach clients is to find a time every day that they are on idle, watching TV, taking a break or during the red light that they get stuck at for way too long on the way to work. Even the bathroom… it might sound funny, but who doesn’t waste a few minutes there each day?
Anyway, to the point! You have the time to get rid of your pesky headaches without constantly taking pain killers!
- Slowly tilt your right ear down towards your shoulder and then move your chin slightly towards your right shoulder to feel a stretch in the left side of your neck.
- Place your right hand on top of your head to add just a little pressure. DO NOT pull your head down. This stretch can be done either sitting or standing and you should try and hold the stretch for 10 to 20 seconds.
- Repeat the exercise again this time tilt to the left in order to stretch the right side of your neck.
To keep your neck flexible I recommend trying to stretch on a semi-regular basis. It’s a great way to release stress since that’s we store a lot of the tension that we accumulate everyday.