Deskercise: Neck & Shoulder Series, No. 4

4. The “Listen to Your Armpit” Stretch

Once again, the name of this stretch gives you a hint as to what position you will end up in.

Start sitting comfortably, drop your shoulders away from your ears, then gently bend your head to one side.

Keeping your ear close to your shoulder, rotate your head to look towards the ceiling (while still maintaining the neck side bend and forward tilt).

Your ear should be pointing towards the front of your armpit (Does it have any secrets to tell you?).

This stretch targets a muscle that runs from your shoulder up the back and side of your neck.

Repeat this stretch 3 times in both directions, holding for 30 seconds each time.

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” post where I will be sharing with you one of my favourite exercises for strengthening the muscles in the front of the neck. Be sure to check back soon!

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