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 sixth video in the series offers a mini chair practice to release tension in the neck after a long period of working in front of a screen. We can carry tension through the neck for many reasons, but often we tend to hold the neck in a single position without allowing the muscles of the neck to fully engage. When we give those muscles an opportunity to more fully activate, we can help them release some of their habitual gripping.
In this practice, we’ll ground ourselves in the present moment, bring length as well as strength through the neck in all directions, and connect to the breath. All you need is a chair (or a space to stand in if you need a standing break!) and 9 minutes for yourself.