Wellness Pathway #186 Relax Your Shoulders

Good health involves nutrition, exercise, rest, and relaxation. What we eat and drink, how and how often we move, getting enough uninterrupted sleep, and releasing the stress and strains of everyday life are all important to optimizing our physical well-being. It’s not enough to eat healthy, for example, and never exercise. Or again it’s not enough to sleep well and never meditate.

The shoulder area is one place in the body that frequently holds our stress. If we spend our days hunched over a keyboard, for example, it’s easy to develop slumped shoulders, bad posture, and as well as tightness, aches, and pains. Others may carry stress in different parts of their bodies, which licensed massage therapists can easily spot and work on.

But just as it’s not wise to never brush your teeth in between dental cleanings, it’s also not enough to rely solely on a massage therapist for your basic relaxation practices. Daily relaxation practices are an important part of optimal health. And it’s easy to start with your shoulders. Here are five simple techniques, some of which can be done while sitting down at your desk.

(1) Move your shoulders up, down, forward, and back. (2) Lift two water bottles or weights with arms extended to shoulder height. Hold five seconds. Relax. (3) Reach left with your right arm. Hold five seconds. Relax. Repeat with the left arm, reaching right. (4) Hold a towel behind your back with one arm reaching down behind your shoulder while the other reaches up from your waist (or grab hands without a towel if you can). Hold five seconds. Relax. Repeat with the other arm up. (5) Reach up, as high as you can, on a wall with one hand and then the other.

These and other simple relaxation practices, done periodically throughout the day, can make a huge difference in health and well being.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you pay attention to nutrition, exercise, rest, and relaxation? Does your daily routine include relaxation breaks? How could you take a more balanced approach to health and well-being?

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

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