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Arm circles ideo clip demo below...
Stand with your arms up, elbows bent, and clasp elbow from behind with opposite hand. Take deep INHALE. On EXHALE push elbows back. You should feel the stretch in your biceps/upper arm area. Relax forward a bit on the inhale.. push back again on the EXHALE. Do first set .. then change hands on top for second set.
The next sets of stretches help to improve posture and correct the concave compression of chest and shoulders from too much keyboard or sketching work..
6) UPPER CHEST STRETCH AND TONING (to open front chest area between shoulders -- a space compressed by keyboard and drawing work)
To stretch: clasp hands with fingers interlaced (if possible, heels of hands touch and elbows are straight). Rotate shoulder heads back, and shoulder blades together.
Good posture takes more than correcting the compressed chest and shoulders. It also takes a strong upper back to keep those stretched areas open ...
7) CROCODILE STRETCH FOR UPPER BACK
rest forehead on hands -- Keep forehead on hands and lift up together (but only go 5-6 inches high. Do not bend from neck. Lift forehead and hands as fluid unit) Keep tops of feet touching floor at all times.
Do NOT lift just your head, like this photo #1...
Try to end every stretching session with RELAXATION -- either in a chair or on a mat. Relaxation is an important part of your practice. It allows you ... as Simone tells us in class .. "to integrate all the benefits of your practice at every level, to the deepest level." Thank yourself for taking the time to practice health and healing.... finding that balance we all need to keep