Stretch Your Way to Stress Relief
by Lisa Poole on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Stretch your way to stress relief. Seriously. If you can take few moments a to daydream you can take a moment or two to stretch. To properly stretch you really need to shut off the outer world for a moment and breathe deeply (daydreaming in motion).
The benefits of stretching are increased circulation, reduced stress (that is a biggie), increased flexibility and range of motion, reduction of back pain, improved posture and better mental focus. These are some of the benefits. The one I like best is it just makes me feel better.
So many problems I see as a massage therapist have to do with stiff tight muscles. Especially those in the neck, back, and shoulders. Like the nursery rhyme songs taught us, everything is connected. If your right upper trap gets overworked from using the mouse and keyboard all day, it will affect your neck and your ability to look over your shoulder. It then works its way down to your scapula area leaving you with a sore shoulder and arm.
If you sit at your desk for an 8 hour day with few breaks you end up stiff. Do this for 5 days in a row for 50 weeks you feel like your desk chair; stiff and immovable. Don’t become your chair. Below are some stretches to do at your desk. Do these several times a day. Set an alarm on your phone for every 30 minutes and do 2 stretches (hold each stretch for a min or 2). By the end of the day, I promise you-you will feel less stiff.
Another trick I used when I was stuck in the Cubical Farm was drinking a ton of water. When you drink you have to pee then find the furthest bathroom to use it equals a mini break to stretch your legs.