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Relax Shoulders and Neck in 60 Secs

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Relax Shoulders and Neck in 60 Secs
By Zen Breaks • Issue #73 • View online
ZEN BREAKS 73 - A simple exercise to release tension

If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in? Slow down and enjoy the moment you’re in and live your life to the fullest.” - Nanette Mathews
157. Release shoulders tension
No stretching | Feldenkrais Style
No stretching | Feldenkrais Style
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?
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