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Feeling Stressed? – Then Stretch!

Mar 23, 2013

Stress creeps into our daily life almost anywhere so it’s a bonus that stretching can be done anywhere – your home, the office, in the car – almost anywhere!  Here’s three stretches to get you started:

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.

 

So remember - if you’re in need of a quick fix to relieve the toll stress is taking on your mind and body: stretch.  Ahhh – that's better?

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