Have you started deskercising yet?! Join us each week to learn a new simple exercise you can do at your desk to combat discomfort through those long workdays. Our first series of exercises targets the neck and shoulders - an area of the body, notorious for holding a lot of tension.
If you missed last week's post, click here to review the simple but effective "Shoulder Shrug".
In addition to the shoulder shrugs we learned last week, Here's another simple deskercise to add your repertoire:
2. Neck Side Bends
Slowly bend your neck to the side, trying to bring your ear closer to your shoulder. You can gently place your opposite hand on the side of your head.
Stop and hold the stretch for 30 seconds at the point where you first feel the beginning of a stretch sensation. Be careful not to pull the head down, just let gravity do it's job.
To ensure that neither shoulder rises, hold onto the bottom of your chair, as you gently bend your neck in the opposite direction.
By repeating this exercise in both directions, you will stretch the muscles along both sides of your neck. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds in each direction, repeating 3 times.
Have you heard about the “armpit sniff” stretch? The next exercise in the Deskercise: Neck and Shoulder Series is definitely one you won’t want to miss. It addresses a major culprit in "neck cricks". Stay tuned for more!
About Tiina: After completing my Kinesiology degree at York University, massage therapy was a natural transition. As a massage therapist, one of my goals is to help people find balance within their bodies so they can feel their best throughout the day. I now balance my clinical practice at The Healthy Joint with teaching at Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy. One of the courses that I teach is called Therapeutic Exercise - it's all about self-care! I know how much nagging aches and pains can affect our daily lives. I am happy to be able to share some of the simple exercises that I’ve learned over the years with you.