Body Break – Upper Trapezius

Take five minutes and try this stretch for your Upper Trapezius muscle.

-Find a door with a knob or handle and close the door. Grab the knob with your right hand so that you’re holding it between your pointer finger and middle finger.
-Step away from the door so that your right arm gets pretty straight or straight-ish. Make sure you’re standing with your feet under your hips and not too much wider than your hips.
-Lean your left ear over towards your left shoulder and allow the weight of the head to stretch the right side neck and shoulder.
-Relax and breathe! Make sure not to push or pull anything to hard. Repeat on the other side.

Pilates can help with shoulder discomfort by strengthening the middle and lower Trapezius, balancing out the muscle as a whole and encouraging optimal function.

 

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