Did you know there's one thing you can do to improve your wellness? And with all the computer work we do it's more important than ever. The simple thing to do is ... Stretching.
I know we've all heard it before. I'm just as guilty of skipping over the stretching. But there are 4 basic stretches you can do sitting in front of your computer.
Our massage therapists have a couple simple tips to follow when doing these 4 stretches.
Move with slow, focused intention.
Don't Over Stretch or push the stretch further than comfortable.
Hold the stretch at a comfortable position and breathe in relaxation.
Slowly turn your head to one side. Arms relaxed by your side.
Hold for 5 seconds.
Slowly turn your head to the other side. Hold for 5 seconds.
You'll feel a stretch along your neck and shoulders. Keeps the neck muscles from getting stiff and helps prevent techie neck.
Breathe out and fold over while staying in your seat
Reach your fingers towards your toes (you dont need to touch them)
Allow your body to hang loose in this pose. Don't force it.
Relax for 10 seconds
Keeping your sacrum on the seat allows you to feel this stretch from your lower back thru your spine and neck.
WRIST TO SHOULDER STRETCH
Intertwine your fingers, with palms out, stretch your arms forward
Relax your shoulders and neck
Hold for 10 seconds
Roll your shoulders and Repeat
This will stretch your wrists, forearms to your shoulders. If you fingers or hands get tired, shake them out after this stretch.
SHOULDER AND BACK STRETCH
Intertwine your fingers, with palms out, stretch arms upwards.
Relax your neck
Hold for ten seconds
You'll feel this along your shoulders, upper back and shoulder blades.
These 4 stretches work well at your desk. It's a great way to take a mini break every couple of hours. And rest your eyes.
These illustrations by Jean Anderson are from the book "Stretching" by Bob Anderson. I recommend "Stretching". It has thousands of stretches for everyday routines, Athlete stretches and Office fitness. Check it out at Shelter Publications - shelterpub.com.
Go beyond stretching and get a massage at Tuscany. Our massage therapists' restorative massage gets you back to your life, pain-free. Book your appointment today.
Did you try these 4 stretches? What do you think? How did it work for you? Or do you have a different set of stretches you prefer? If so, share them here. Let's stretch ourselves and reach for our best selves.
Michelle of Tuscany Spa
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- Michelle of Tuscany Spa4