Stress Relief Exercise

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Bent Arm Stretch

Bent Arm Stretch Purpose

This exercise is one in a series designed to relieve stress and tension from the middle of your shoulders and the nape of the neck. By contracting and stretching these areas tension is released from the whole body.

Bent Arm Stretch Instructions

Sit up straight. Arms at your side, bend your elbows keep the palms up and touch your thumb and fingers. Try to keep the your forearms parallel to the floor. INHALE move your elbows backward while simultaneously lifting your head up and back. Hold your breath for five seconds. Close your elbows behind you, try to touch them together. You should feel your shoulder muscles contracting. EXHALE as you move the elbows forward until they are level with your shoulders, simultaneously drop your head forward and try to place your chin onto your chest. You should feel the stretch now in your neck and shoulders. Come back to the starting position and INHALE. That is one set, do three sets.

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