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Words of Wellness

Feeling Stress?  Then STRETCH!

Feeling Stress?  Then STRETCH!

Janet Schwab

FOCUS ON WELLNESS:

Feeling Stress? Then STRETCH!

Janet Schwab- Elements Therapeutic Massage

If you’re in need of a quick fix to relieve the toll stress is taking on your mind and body: stretch. Stretching is an effective strategy to help in the relief of stress. It lengthens the muscles to relieve tension. An added bonus? Stretching can be done almost anywhere—in your office, the car, while waiting in any line!

Here are three quick, stress-relieving stretches to relax your body and spirit.

Start with your upper back:

1. Stand with your knees slightly bent or sit up straight.
2. Clasp your hands in front of you, arms parallel to floor.
3. Keep your head relaxed.
4. Round your upper back. Push hands forward, palms away from body.
5. Hold for 20-30 seconds, breathing steadily. Repeat 2-5 times.

Now your neck:

1. Stand with your knees slightly bent or sit up straight.
2. Drop chin to your chest.
3. Place hands on back of head. Gently push down until you feel a slight stretch.
4. Hold for 20-30 seconds, breathing steadily. Repeat 2-5 times.

Legs are last: - Dish or hand towels can help you stretch.

1. Lie on your back, abdominal muscles tightened, knees bent, feet on floor.
2. Extend one leg toward the ceiling. Keep knees slightly bent.
3. Place towel behind the back of leg or ankle (not behind knee), holding both ends.
4. Pull towel toward your chest until you feel a stretch.
5. Hold for 20-30 seconds, breathing steadily. Repeat 2-5 times.

Ahhh – isn’t that better? Therapeutic Massage is also an effective way to relieve stress. Massage lengthens the muscles, increases circulation and releases the “feel good” hormones. Take time and relieve your stress – you and everyone around you will be happy you did!

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