Los Angeles, CA –
Many people spend hours per daysituated at a desk, fixated on a computer screen, working hard to make aliving. But constantly sitting in thisposition can cause muscles to cramp and joints to become compressed, leading tostiffness, achiness, and even fatigue over time. Taking a stretch break daily to move aboutthe office, or even stand up at the desk we sit at, can provide numerousbenefits for the body and for the mind.
Even if a walk isn’t feasible ina work day, we can still find ways to stretch and move the muscles about. To stretch out the neck, lean the headsideways and draw the ear towards the shoulder. To add to the stretch, bring a hand to the side of the head and gentlyapply pressure to increase the stretch. Lifting the chin will keep the jaw open and allow for easier flow ofbreath. Hold for five breaths then repeaton the opposite side.
To continue this stretch into theshoulders and along the ribs, gently tip the upper torso (leaving the hipsstationary in a chair or stacked on top of hips) to the side and inhaledeeply. Placing the hands behind thehead and keeping the elbows wide open will allow for an expansion in the chest,and the deep inhales will stretch along the latissimus dorsi muscles to relievetension along the spine. Hold for fivebreaths and repeat on the other side.
A seated twist is another way torelease tension in the upper body and along the spine. Sitting straight forward, turn the upper bodyto look over one shoulder, and gently place the hand against the legs to deepenthe twist with resistance. Drawing inthe belly and allowing the abdomen to twist along with the body will also addadditional digestive benefits.
Finally, stretch the hips byplacing one leg across the other, resting the ankle against the knee. Flex the foot of the lifted leg, and leanforward with the chest to stretch the outside of the hip. Repeat on both sides and hold for fivebreaths during the stretch.
For upper back and hamstrings,perform a downward facing dog using a chair for support. Lean into the chair with the hands, leavinghips lifted and legs long behind the body. Let the chest and shoulders open by pressing into the chair and lettingchest drift slightly between the arms. Hold the pose for five breaths and then release.
These few exercises will providethe body with a stretch for the whole body and a release for the mind aswell.
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