Movement Break Series: Mini Chair Practices. 7. Seated Neck Ease

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?…

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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 seventh 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. In the previous video we released tension by engaging the musculature of the neck, allowing the muscles to contract more deeply in order to release some of their habitual grip.

In this practice, we’ll focus on releasing tension by mobilizing the neck—inviting the neck to move through positions we don’t often experience in our daily lives, pausing wherever we could use more time or lengthening—all while grounding ourselves in the present moment and connecting to the breath. All you need is a chair (or a space to stand in if you need a standing break!) and 6 minutes for yourself.

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