When Depression (of the Scapular Variety) is a Good Thing…
Who doesn’t carry stress near their neck? Many of us have difficulty removing the tension from our upper trap and shoulder muscles, and we have shown you some ways to self-massage this tissue in the past. This drill offers a chance at restorative exercise to promote an open and lenthened position in the upper body. We have done a chin tuck in the past, and we have spoken about the importance of scapular depression to remove the shoulders from the ears. Now, combine both of these movements for an awesome active stretch!
Start by lying on your back. Naturally, there is a curve to your cervical spine. Actively stretch the tissue around there by depressing that curve towards the floor; we call this a chin tuck. (Note: the back of your head should not lift off the floor…if it does, you are overdoing the motion). Next,take both your arms, palms up, and actively reach your fingertips towards you heels.
Hold each reach for 3 seconds and do 20x at the end of your next stressful day! 🙂