Feeling Tight? Try This.

November 18, 2015

Body tension can stem from a number of things such as poor posture, constant sitting, lack of stretching, and improper form during workouts.   Many people unconsciously believe that having a stiff body is normal, and is something they must live through.  While chronic pain is a serious issue that may require medical attention, there are several things you can do the moment you feel tight, stiff, and sore- moving toward comfortability in your own body.

The most common areas of tension are found in the neck, shoulders, and lower back.  Here are a few movements you can do immediately to find ease:

Stretches for neck & shoulders:

Drawing circles with your neck has the potential to compress your cervical spine (depending on your anatomical structure).  Try drawing your chin toward your chest and moving your right eat to your right shoulder blade, and then the left ear toward your left shoulder blade.  If you roll your neck and it doesn’t feel uncomfortable, feel free to take a few neck rolls.   There are also a few more stretches to try:

Neck Release
Place your right hand around the left side of your head.  Allow your right arm to draw down toward the floor, come to a point of sensation where you have something breath through.  Stay here 5-10 breaths and switch to the other side.

Shoulder Stretch
Place your forearms on the wall parallel to one another below shoulder height, keeping your elbows shoulder-distance apart. Take a few steps back from the wall and allow your head to relax down between your arms.

Breathe here for five deep breaths.


Spinal Twists

Lay down on your back, and draw your knees in toward your chest.  Release your arms to the sides, and allow your knees to fall to the right, turn your chin to the left.  Remain here 10-15 breaths and switch the other side.


Reclined spinal twist- the benefits of this simple posture are never-ending.  Lengthens and realigns the spine, increases flexibility in the hips and low back, and some studies say that it can even stimulate the digestive system.

Any of these stretches can be performed immediately as tension arises.  Enjoy.

One response to “Feeling Tight? Try This.”

  1. Peggy Rawlins says:

    Having a regular time to do these stretches, such as our yoga class, has also helped me release some of the tension built up in these muscles and strengthen them.

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