The Desk De-Stressor
Posted by Adam Meads
Why our best de-stressor can be found just beyond our doorstep…
If you have found yourself sitting way too much lately whilst your WFH, here’s our 3 SUPER simple speedy stretches that you can do at your desk/table at home, at any time, to blow off tension.
“Pilates is a brilliant way to release built-up stress and tension in the muscles and, through controlled breathing, we balance out our Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, which help the body and mind to de-stress too.” says Julia Roberson, Pilates Expert from @balancedmovement.
HERE’S A GREAT DAILY ROUTINE TO RELEASE TENSION AND DE-STRESS
1 GETTING READY
Seated on a chair without arms, feet hip width apart and flat on the floor, ideally knees at a 90 degree angle. Find your sitting bones, they are the bony bits in your bottom that you can feel when sitting on a hard chair. Sit tall with your weight centred through your sitting bones.
2 SHOULDER SHRUGS
Use a deep breath in through the nose to let the shoulders rise up towards the ears. Breathing out softly through the mouth, let the shoulders soften down again feeling the shoulder blades slide down the back. Repeat 6 times
3 ELBOW CIRCLES
Place your hands on your shoulders, elbows down by your side. Drawing imaginary circles with your elbows, bring them together in front of your chest, then circle them up towards your ears, take them out to the sides and back down towards your ribs. Enjoy a large stretch through the circles whilst trying to keep your shoulders soft. Repeat 6 times (this direction only).