Have you found yourself sitting more these days due to zoom calls, remote work situations or school? If so, has stiffness in your neck, hips, and back been plaguing you? You are not alone in your pain and some simple solutions are in the video clips below.
As 16- year veteran who is a Certified Yoga Instructor, Assisted Stretch Professional, Thai Yoga Therapist and aspiring Bodyworker, I see “desk jockey syndrome” daily. These helpful tools below are far easier and quicker than you can imagine. All of the stretches can be done right from your desk, with zero equipment. The only thing I could do to make it easier for you is the DO the stretches for you, but that kind of assisted stretching is saved for my private clients.
Please try them all and feel free to reach out to let me know how they work for you. Happy Stretching!
While sitting at your desk, gently grab above one ear and pull the ear toward the same side shoulder while using the opposite arm as leverage on arm rest or opposite leg. Hold for at least 30 seconds for best results and release slowly toward neutral. Repeat on other side.
While sitting at your desk, cross one leg over the other like a figure 4 with ankle over and above the opposite side knee. Fold forward and use the weight of your body to create a deeper stretch. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds for best results. Repeat on other side.
Upper Back & Neck
Sit supported by a chair and interlace your hands to support your head. Let your head fall back into your hands, while the chin comes up toward to ceiling. Move you upper and lower back forward and backward, getting more exaggerated with more repetition. Do as many times as you feel you need to open up your neck and back.
Lower & Upper Back
Roll your chair back from your desk and grab onto the edge of the desk. Allow the upper body to fall toward the floor, take a few breaths. Then let your hands release to the floor and press back with your hips to create a forward fold. Hold as long as you feel necessary to feel the stretch 30-90 seconds is recommended. Repeat as needed.
Aly Faber aka The Stretch Lady
When it comes to maximizing physical and mental potential, Aly Faber is your secret weapon to success. Aly empowers you to tap into the best version of yourself through Yoga or Life Coaching. Developed after over 15 years of expert testing and development Aly’s signature THE STRETCH LADY online program will maximize athletic performance in minimum time while creating a better, stronger and more mobile you.
Aly’s nationally recognized programs have helped to transform:
Middle & High School Sports Groups
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Beyond her expertise in yoga and coaching for specialty populations, Aly also has a BS in Communications from Florida State University. Her certifications include CBP, CMP, E-RYT and YACEP. Rest assured—these are much more than conglomerations of acronyms! Each of these represent unique certifications that allow Aly to bring self-mastery into your life.