Do you spend most of your day at a desk, working with a screen? Do you find that your body is craving movement, but there isn’t a lot of extra time in your day to cultivate a dedicated movement practice?
Welcome to the Movement Break Series! A collection of tiny, bite-sized movement practices that you can squeeze into your day, right in your work space, without needing to change your clothes or gather extra props. Each of these practices is designed to help your body balance out the habitual postures and movements of working at a desk or with a screen, leaving you feeling refreshed in 20 minutes or less, so that you can get to whatever is next on your to-do list.
This ninth video in the series offers a mini chair practice to release tension through the neck and shoulders after a long period of working in front of a screen. So much of our daily lives has us living in a head-forward, shoulder-forward position—and while there is nothing inherently wrong with that position, we tend to spend so much time there that our bodies rarely get to experience (and relish in!) all of the other positions our shoulders are capable of.
In this practice, we’ll focus on releasing tension by exploring rotational play through the shoulders. We’ll ground ourselves in the present moment, invite the arms and shoulders to move through less-frequented angles and rotations, and connect to the breath. All you need is a chair (or a clear space to stand in if you need a standing break!) and 5 minutes for yourself.