by Angela Clark
We all know what sitting at a computer can do to our posture, not to mention picking up small children, lack of sleep and the stresses that go with living in this world can wreak havoc on our neck, shoulders and upper back (aka, the 9-5 muscles).
Here are five moves you can do to help straighten up your posture, ease neck, shoulder and upper back pain, and help battle those tension headaches. Also, to learn more tips and tricks for rebalancing the upper body, check out Angela and Diana Zotos’ workshop specifically geared towards eliminating discomfort and injury in this area of the body. Sign up here!
1. Puppy Pose with Blocks under elbows
2. Hero’s Pose with a Strap
Adjust the belt so it’s slightly wider than the width of your shoulders. Keep the chest lifted with the arms slightly bent, and the belt around the wrists
3. Easy Release for the Neck
Sit in Hero’s Pose, if that’s accessible to you. You want to be in a symmetrical seated pose, so you can always sit in a chair with both feet on the floor, if Hero’s pose is too much stress or strain.
4. Pec Stretch
Make sure the elbow is slightly higher than the shoulder – not below!
5. Massage with Tennis Ball
Start by lying down on your back. Knees are bent, and feet are flat on the floor, and hips distance apart. This might be sensational, so remember to breathe and release.