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Neck Stretches , Issue #9
October 27, 2011

Hello,

Thank you for joining me. Together, we can enjoy our pilates exercises with increasing understanding about what our bodies need.



This month : Neglected Neck Stretches - Oh! My Aching Neck

1. Information about the neck muscles
2. Illustrated Neck Stretches
3. Video Neck Stretches
4. Celebrity Spotlight – Mick Jagger

Neck Stretches

Neck Stretches: A sore tight neck is often the bane of women’s lives – I think it’s because we carry too much responsibility! But, it’s a very serious matter because tight muscles can cause terrible headaches and also a general feeling of un-wellness. Tight neck muscles can also spread to upper back and cause more trouble. So, what can we do about it?
A great comfort at night, before you go to sleep, are those wonderful heat wheat bags – but a hot water bottle is almost as good. Pop it under your neck and lie down and RELAX. You’ll be asleep in no time.
You may be deficient in magnesium phosphate. A great help is a natural product call magnesium phosphate (or Mag Phos) I use Scheussler product – and they’re very inexpensive. It is referred to as nature’s valium, but it’s a natural cell salt.
As far as stretches go, let slice the problem into 4.


Neck Stretch 1: Firstly, the muscles on the side of the neck. They attach to the skull and shoulder girdle, and this simple stretch is the best around. Especially if you can do it under a warm shower.

Stand with your feet comfortably apart,
Place your right hand on the left side of the head,
Keeping the left shoulder down, draw your head down towards the right shoulder,
Repeat other side.

Neck Stretch 2: This is similar to the first exercise, however these muscles attach from the skull to shoulder girdle either side. at the back.

Again standing comfortably and place your right hand on the left side of the head,
Keeping the left shoulder down, draw your head down towards the right side of the chest ,
Repeat other side.

Neck Stretch 3: The muscles at the back of the neck are next. This one also feels wonderful under a warm shower.

Stand with your feet comfortably apart,
Place both hands behind your head and draw it down towards your chest.


Neck Stretch 4: Tight muscles at the front of the neck can actually pull the head forward. This stretch is wonderful.

Spread fingers out and place them under each clavicle (collar bone).
Hold firmly. Open your mouth (sounds odd I know, but do it), tip the head back and then close you mouth and teeth. But remember to breathe.
Return to uprighting your head slowly.

IF THESE INSTRUCTIONS A DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW, YOU FIND IT EASIER TO WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW ON THE WEBSITE

Is there another stretch you’re looking for? You’ll find many more illustrated stretches with a full MENU if you CLICK HERE,


This months VIDEO


If you find my wordy descriptions a bit much you’ll find a 2 minute VIDEO if you click HERE.



Our Celebrity Spotlight

Mick Jagger is sometimes a pain in the neck, but you have to admit that at age 68 he’s pretty fit. He says that exercises (Pilates of course) keeps him young. He engages in regular pilates, exercise and yoga to keep himself trim, fit and healthy.
His daily workout includes an eight-mile run, kickboxing, swimming, cycling or some other cardiovascular exercise. Wow. That's an intense regimen, especially for someone who is a senior citizen. Go for it!! Read more....
Til next month,
Best wishes, Pamela.


http://my-pilates-exercises.com

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