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Relieve shoulder stress in 60 seconds

Release tense shoulder muscles in one minute, whether you're at work or at home, with these simple tips.

"Our shoulders really carry a lot of tension," says Dennis Buttimer, a facilitator at Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont. "Let's get rid of some of that stress right now."

Move one:

  • Sit tall in your chair.
  • Bend your elbows and bring your fingertips to your shoulders.
  • Take a deep breath and as you exhale, start rolling your shoulders forward as if you were drawing invisible circles with your elbows.
  • Reverse the circles and repeat in the opposite direction. You should feel tension melting from your muscles.
  • Continue for about 30 to 45 seconds, breathing deeply.

"Your breath is so important," says Buttimer. "Just bringing your attention to your breath can be helpful."

Move two:

  • With your arms hanging by your sides, inhale as you draw your shoulders up toward your ears.
  • Exhale forcefully as you quickly drop your shoulders to their normal position.
  • Repeat twice more.

Repeat these two moves whenever you need to quickly release shoulder tension.

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