This is a simple and effective stretch for your neck and upper trapezius muscle that can be done at any time, and anywhere. Check out the following video and bulleted points to ensure you’re maximizing benefits and minimizing risks!

  • Start either standing or sitting.
  • Bring one arm behind your back to “pre-stretch” the trapezius muscle.
  • Turn your head 45 degrees away from the arm behind your back. Use your free hand to pull your neck into a gentle stretch.
  • Hold for 10-15 seconds, and then release.
  • Turn head another 45 degrees to face sideways. Repeat stretch.
  • Complete stretch on both sides.

This stretch can be very useful for relieving tension in the neck and upper trapezius muscles, which is very common in most people. This muscle is especially tight in those with high stress, excessive computer use, or those carrying heavy work-bags. Try to do this stretch throughout the day for optimal results.