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Diana Remaley, LMT
Diana@RemaleyMassage.com
(203)292-5362
19 Compo Road South
Westport, CT

The Best Shoulder Stretch of All Time

Who among us can't say that our shoulders are sore?

Nearly every client that comes into my Westport office for massage therapy has tight shoulders. There is some tension that only massage can help alleviate, but stretching this muscle, and awareness of it's movement, will help you immensely between office sessions. This is one of my favorite stretches to recommend to clients in my office, and I'm happy to share it with all of you!

Anatomy Lesson:

 The Trapezius (“Trap”) muscle attaches from roughly the base of the head, goes out to form what we refer to as “shoulders”, attaches to the top of the arm, moves in toward the shoulder blades, then down the spine. In this stretch, we take advantage of the attachment on the arm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stretch:

Begin by holding your ankle, as if you were going to stretch your Quad muscles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rather than pulling the ankle toward the back of your hip, you stretch the Trap by letting the weight of your ankle and leg pull down on your arm. Turn your neck and head to the opposite side to increase the stretch. Hold for at least 20 seconds, moving your head further if possible. Repeat on the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This stretch works primarily by letting the leg pull down on the arm; if you tense your shoulder, it won't work. Let your shoulders drop as far to the ground as possible. Turning your head to the opposite side stretches the entire length of upper musculature – pay attention to any particularly tense spots up your neck. If you notice a tender area, you can turn your chin up toward the sky, even rotating it a bit to try to release the tension and increase range of motion.

 

 

 

Once you master this stretch, I guarantee you'll be doing it constantly! It's wonderful when you're having a stressful day, and before and after exercising.

This is probably one of my all-time favorites, so relax and enjoy! I'll see you in my Westport office!

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Diana Remaley, LMT
Diana@RemaleyMassage.com
(203)292-5362
19 Compo Road South
Westport, CT