Wellness Pathway #242 Get on the Stick

Behind my chair, in my office, is a wooden dowel, six feet (1.8 meter) long and an inch and a quarter (3.2 centimeters) in diameter. I use this stick to stretch back my shoulders when I take a break from hunching over the computer keyboard or even when I talk with people on the telephone.

The method is simple. I put the stick on my shoulders and stretch out my arms to hold on to the ends. I then gently move the stick up and down my back, feeling the stretch. I also like to stand and twist my torso, left and right, with the stick on my shoulders and my arms outstretched, to create some lateral movement.

People who spend a lot of time on the computer tend to develop that hunched over look from tense or constricted pectoral muscles. This shrinks the chest cavity and contributes to an unhealthy curvature of the spine. Stretching the shoulders counteracts these problems by opening up the chest, stimulating blood flow, and promoting relaxation.

If a stick isn’t practical, you can still stretch your shoulders by holding your hands together behind your back. You can then stretch them forward by pulling one arm after the other across your chest. Doing these stretches regularly, backward and forward, up and down, will assist you to maintain both your posture and your attitude throughout the day and throughout your life.

Many people carry tension in their neck and shoulders. This is especially true for those who sit at a desk for long periods of time. Taking regular breaks, every 30 minutes or so, assists our bodies and our eyes to recover. Finding a buddy to exchange shoulder rubs, at least on occasion if not every 30 minutes, can work wonders.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you take regular breaks throughout the day? Are your shoulders hunching over? Can you stand up straight, with your shoulders back? What do you do to stretch and grow? What could you do right now that would make you feel better?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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