Published on Jan 5, 2014
How To Strengthen The Back of Your Neck - Pilates Exercise To Decrease Headaches
I have to say that every single client that have come through our studio they need to do this exercise.
What happens is that we're constantly looking down and looking forward and down that we start to get this terrible poached chin and forward head position.
With our posture your earlobe should be aligned with the middle of your shoulder, the middle of your hip, your knee and your ankle bone.
That should create a really nice straight line.
But, commonly most people and most everybody I see have this forward head position.
There are some people that don't. But, generally speaking most people do, okay.
This is a fabulous exercise.
Therabands, brilliant for so many things.
This exercise, what you're going to do is you're going to tie it around a pole. Double knot.
What this exercise is going to do is it will help strengthen the back of the neck and correct that posture.
Make sure the band is aligned with your eye line level.
Place the band behind your neck and behind your ears.
Hold on to the bar and make sure your shoulders are relaxed.
Think about lengthening through the crown of the head this way.
And then you're going to pull your chin back without moving your shoulders and then relax that forward.
Keep your shoulders where they are.
It's the thought of pulling this back behind you------ and forward.
It's a very simple exercise. It looks ridiculous. You want to always think about lengthening through the crown of the head.
let's do two more.
And last one.
make sure you're not squeezing and gripping with your hands.
You want to be nice and relaxed.
So, it's a simple movement of your chin poking back into it's correct environment and relaxing back to your normal relaxed position.
It helps to strengthen through the back of the neck, which will allow your neck alignment to come back into that correct posture.
Very simple exercise. Fabulous to do. Easy to do at home. And something that generally most people need.
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