Deskercise: Neck & Shoulder Series, No. 3

3. The “Armpit Sniff” Stretch

As funny as the name sounds, it’s the easiest way to remember the position for this stretch.

Sitting comfortably, drop your shoulders, then bend your head to one side. From there, tilt your head forward and rotate your face downwards so you are looking towards your armpit.

Hopefully, once you’re in this position, the name of this stretch will make a bit more sense! You can let your hand rest gently on the back of the head (no need to pull, gravity will take care of the rest).

This will stretch a muscle called the levator scapula, that runs from your shoulder blade up the back of your neck - this one is notorious for going into spasm!

Holding for 30 seconds each side. Repeat this stretch 3 times.

Now that you’ve learned the “armpit sniff” stretch, stay tuned for the next “Deskercise” post to learn what the “listen to your armpit” stretch is all about.

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.

Stay tuned for upcoming “Deskercise” posts to learn more great stretches and exercises to add to your repertoire.

#Stretch #neckpain #shoulderstiffness #relief #TiinaHiis #levatorscapulae

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