Stretching Exercises for Stress Relief
Right Ear to Shoulder Neck Stretch
How to do it: Tilt your head, bringing your right ear to your right shoulder until you feel a stretch. Using your left hand, apply slight pressure. You will feel the stretch along the left side of your neck.
*All of these stretches can be performed seated at your desk, but you must maintain a proper, ergonomic (or aligned) form. This means your neck and spine should be in a neutral position, shoulders and torso relaxed, knees bent at 90 degrees with both feet flat on the floor. We recommend doing these stretches at least 3-4 times per week, repeating the cycle twice each session. Hold all stretches for 15 to 30 seconds.
Rotation Right Stretch
How to do it: With your spine in a neutral, relaxed position, rotate your head to the right, gazing over your right shoulder.
Rotation Left Stretch
How to do it: With your spine in a neutral, relaxed position, rotate your head to the left, gazing over your left shoulder.
Left Shoulder Stretch
How to do it: Keep your shoulders relaxed and cross your left arm over your chest. Cradle it with your right hand and apply slight pressure.
Upper Back Stretch
How to do it: Cross your arms in front of you and grab chair arms (if you can’t reach, hold onto the bottom of the seat). While grasping, lean back, keeping your spine in alignment, until you feel a slight stretch.