By Teresa Visini October 30, 2017

This is the first in a series of posts from an Integrative Health Studies alum that will provide information about how to get and stay well.

Shoulder Neck and Neck Tension Release

  1. Hang right arm loosely by your side, releasing any need to control the arm with muscles.
  2. Place your opposite (left) hand on your top right shoulder muscle (trapezius).
  3. Start to inhale as you lift your right shoulder toward your right ear. Add in a gentle squeeze (like squeezing a sponge) with your left hand that is on your right shoulder. As you are squeezing the shoulder muscle, imagine that you are squeezing out dirty water from the shoulder.
  4. Exhale as you slowly drop your shoulder. Release your squeeze while imagining your Trapezius muscle filling up with clean water. (Do this 4 times)
  5. Switch and repeat Steps 1 to 4 on the other (left) shoulder. (Do it 4 times)

Sara Acevedo

Teresa Visini holds an MA in Integrative Health Studies ( '12) from CIIS and certification in Wellness Coaching from CIISBA in Dance from Chapman University. As a pilates, yoga, dance and movement instructor, Teresa uses a variety of methods to enhance people's alignment, movement, and energy flow. She teaches special population groups such as cancer patients, people with Alzheimer's, fibromyalgia, special needs, and eating disorders. She is also a Reiki Master/Teacher and has been part of the Stanford Health Care Reiki Program for the past 10 years.

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