Stretching to relieve neck & shoulder tension

Hi pretty people!

Ready to get extra stretchy?

I am presenting to you the stretching technique, the Three Rs, created by Lilias Folan. This will help you so much to lengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility, especially in shoulders in neck. But, I highly encourage you to apply these Three Rs to all of your stretches.

A quick explanation of the Three Rs:

  • Resist
  • Relax
  • Restretch


“These simple, effective moves can be done anytime, anywhere, such as during an hourly break from the computer, in the privacy of your office before a crucial meeting, when you get home after a long commute.  The whole sequence takes only five minutes or so and is a great way to begin your day or as a preface to your meditation practice.” – Lilias Folan

So why am I writing about this?

Well… Today a new client came to the Bar Method Tampa. We always ask a client if she has any past injuries or other mobility issues before they take their first class. This client said that after recently joining a bootcamp she now has neck and shoulder pain. She came to barre in hopes to fix her posture as she exercises. Instructors here always give hands-on and verbal adjustments to help with clients like this one. As I was listening to her explain her pain, I immediately thought she must have done a lot of chest work in this bootcamp. Usually a tight neck can be due to the tight chest muscles that connect and correspond with the neck.

After reading this article and performing the neck and shoulder series, I feel a huge difference. Resisting the stretch is simply brilliant. I am excited to add it into my stretching routine. YUS. I cannot wait to share this with the client. 🙌🏻


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