Seated Stretch for the Back, Neck and Shoulders

Shoulder Rolls

Shoulder Rolls. Paige Waehner

When you've spent a little too much time sitting and working on the computer, your shoulders get tight, which makes your neck hurt and, probably, gives you a headache.

How To

Start your de-stress workout with these slow, easy shoulder rolls.  Start by shrugging the shoulders up to your ears and then slowly rolling them back.  Make big circles for about 30 seconds and then do the circles in the other direction for 30 seconds. Repeat as many times as you like.

Shoulder and Back Stretch

Seated Back and Shoulder Stretch. Paige Waehner

This stretch may not work for everyone, but it's the perfect way to loosen up your lower back and shoulders.

How To

For this one, bend forward (keep your abs contracted for a deeper stretch) and reach the hands all the way to the floor, if they'll make it there.  Breathe out to relax and hold the stretch for 30-60 seconds.

Wide Back and Shoulder Stretch

Seated Bent Over Back Stretch. Paige Waehner

This move takes your back stretch even further.  As you hook your hands around your ankles, you can use them as leverage to pull your shoulder blades apart, giving you a great upper back stretch.

How To

Take the feet wide and bring the arms inside the legs, then wrap the arms around the back of the calves, grabbing onto the ankles.  Gently pull with the hands to open the shoulders and stretch the upper back.  Hold for 30 seconds. 

Hand and Biceps Stretch

Biceps Stretch. Paige Waehner

If you type on a computer or spend time texting or on dumb iPad games that are a complete waste of time but you can't seem to stop playing - Or perhaps that only applies to me - Then you really need to stretch your hands and arms.

How To

Take the right arm straight out in front of you and flex the palm up.  Grab onto your fingers with the left hand and gently pull the fingers back.  Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other hand.

Forearm Stretch

Forearm Stretch. Paige Waehner

I once showed a client this stretch and she threatened to kiss me for it.  That, fortunately, isn't part of the service I offer.  The reason she was so happy is because it feels so good on the forearms. 

How To

Just take your arm straight out, flip the hand down and then use your other hand to gently pull the fingers towards you.  Sigh in happiness and hold for about 30-60 seconds before switching sides.

Seated Neck Stretch

Seated Neck Stretch. Paige Waehner

I think the tightest muscles in my body, especially after working on a computer for hours, has to be my neck muscles.  It's easy to get all hunched up when you're working, which is why I love, love, love this stretch.

It's actually a dynamic stretch where you press your head into your hand and release.  I know, it sounds weird but it works.

How To

Reach the left arm down and away from the body as you drop the head to the right, stretching the neck.  Place the right hand on the head and gently press your head into the hand, then release and stretch.  Continue to contract the neck and press the head into the head, then stretch for 10 reps then switch sides.

Upper Back Stretch

Seated Shoulder Stretch. Paige Waehner

This is by far my favorite stretch of all my seated office stretches.  You actually twist the arms so that the palms are together, which does beautiful things to your upper back and shoulders.

How To

Take the hands straight out in front of you and rotate the arms so that the palms face away from each other.  Cross the arms so that the palms are pressed together and round the back, reaching the arms away from you as you relax the head.  Hold the stretch for 30 seconds.

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