About a month ago I discovered a new exercise to relax my shoulders.
I’ve tried it once or more times a day and I really like it, here’s a suggestion to try it out.
It only takes 60 seconds and can be done anywhere.
It seems a simple, fast, and efficient way to:
- relax the shoulders and neck
- make a pause
- maintain body awareness
- develop interoception.
In the video, you can see how Taro Iwamoto explains how to perform the exercise and the benefits of practicing it for our body and mind.
I have been practicing this exercise, I do it as follows:
1 - I start by lifting my left shoulder very slowly.
I count to 10 as I lift my shoulder, it’s my way of helping to slow down the movement and harmonize every step of the exercise.
2- Next, I spend a little (10 seconds) feeling the shoulder, trying to identify where I feel more pressure between the shoulder and the neck in this new position.
3 - To conclude the left side I, very slowly (10 seconds), let the left shoulder descend until it reaches its natural position and I feel the (pleasant) differences.
4 - Then I just do the same steps with the right shoulder.
In total, about 1 minute is enough to do this exercise, which allows us to easily include it in our daily lives.
I’ve tried it a few times during the day - when I start to feel the shoulders very tight - and I find this exercise very good to relax the shoulders, and also relax the mind a little.
Want to try it now?
What did you feel?