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Desk stretch series – Neck rolls

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. Here is our desk stretch of the week.

You’re unsure if your headache is caused from hearing your coworker sop on the phone to her new fiance or the fact that you’re actually tight.

You’d like to believe that it’s from listening to the ‘no you hang up first!’, you hear 68 times in 10 minutes but really holding that stress in your upper body isn’t going to help either.

Whenever we deal with stress or tension, our body is going to tell us about it. Sometimes people feel it in their lower back, I find my office babes feel it in their neck and upper body.

You don’t work in one of those cool offices where you get 5-minute massages by men with magic hands, however, this is the next best thing.

The latest installment in our desk stretch series.

Neck Rolls

We tend to get stiff through our neck and tops of the shoulders. This stretch releases tightness through the neck and shoulders that can lead to pain and stiffness. Play with the positioning of your head, dropping your chin/head forward stretches the back of the neck better, whereas, dropping the head back slightly gets into the front part of your beck. 

How to do it:

1. Sitting down, hands relaxed on your lap and shoulders drawn down the back. Exhale and relax the head over to one side taking the ear towards the shoulder. Hold and breath, relaxing into the stretch. Then tilt the chin down to the collar bone and feel the stretch radiate down the neck into the back. Hold and breath, relaxing into the stretch. Repeat both sides holding 30 seconds each side.

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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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