Release Stress in the Office (Part 3 of 3)
In Part 1 we discussed ways to ease shoulder and upper back tension. In Part 2 we learned how to relax our eyes and face. This week we will complete our 3-part series on releasing office stress by discussing a few techniques to release tension in our necks. You don’t even have to leave your desk (but sometimes it’s nice to do so for a few minutes just for a break in routine!)
Sit up straight in your chair with your feet evenly on the floor and your spine erect. Take a deep breath and let it all out. Rest your hands comfortably on your thighs and look straight ahead.
Ready? Here we go:
- Without tilting your head forward or backward, turn your head as far to the right as you can comfortably go. Hold for a breath or two then come back to center. Repeat to the left. Repeat this sequence 2 or 3 times, being sure to breathe as indicated.
- Bring your chin as close to your chest as possible without using force. Come back to center. Lean your head back as far as comfortable (no force!) Come back to center. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
- Without tilting your head forward or backward, bring your right ear as close to your right shoulder as comfortable. Hold for a breath or 2. Come back to center and repeat on the left. Repeat this sequence 2 or 3 times.
These few techniques that we have discussed in this 3-part series will be especially useful to you if you practice them whenever you feel the need – BEFORE you allow yourself to become “spring-loaded.”
Enjoy a wonderful and relaxed summer!
Alison Sue Adams
Instructor, Coach, and AuthorSue is a Master Life Coach specializing in working with groups to release past trauma and move them forward in life.
Sue has nearly 30 years of experience as a bodyworker working with mind-body connections, including visualization and dialogue along with hands-on bodywork, to release emotional trauma in the body and mind. She has worked with infants, children, adults and families in individual and group settings.
Sue is known locally as, “the therapist’s therapist.” Her first book is titled, “Muscle Energy Technique Made Easy for Healthcare Professionals”.