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Desk stretch series – Arm pretzel

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

Desk job cramping your style? Fix it with Pilates! A weekly mini-series offering exercises and education for office babes. The latest installment in our desk stretch series.

Your back and body is moving better than Kevin Bacon in Footloose.

You haven’t whinged about a sore back or taken a sick day in over a month now. The Chanel piggy bank is overflowing from all that money you’ve saved from Physio you didn’t have to have on your back.
Even your Fitness instructor is freaking out that she’s going to lose her favourite client (you!), to this mystery studio she suspects you’re going to.

But, if we’re really going to get critical we can’t just stop at your back.

Ah, your shoulders. I find shoulders are tight because you carry around your life in your handbag because you want to be prepared for everything.
The downside? Heavy handbags are more problematic than you think!

When we get tight through our upper shoulders and back it can manifest into shoulder & neck pain and even headaches!

The cure? The latest in our desk stretch series!

Arm Pretzel

This is possibly my favourite upper body stretch and I recommend it all the time – it was bound to end up in this routine! It stretches through the shoulders and upper back. It’s a godsend for great posture. 

How to do it:

1. Bend one arm taking the forearm in line with the nose. Place the other arm underneath until they lock into place. Ideally, we want our forearms to be touching, but if you’re tight this might only be your elbows. That’s okay, it’s just something to work towards. Ensure your shoulders and collar bones are broad and your neck is long. Hold and breathe for 30 seconds.

This is one of my favourite stretches out of my free flexibility guide. Download it here

Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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