There are many uses for the foam roll; from soft tissue release techniques, to stretching, and even taking up space in the corner of a room!
Dust off your foam roll, lay on it, any try this easy and effective neck stretch...especially after a long day.
First: lay on the foam roll with your head, neck, AND butt, all fitting on the foam roll. The short rollers will not work for this exercise.
Second: When turning your head to the right, first slide your head slightly off to the left side. This keeps the integrity of your neck bio mechanics when going through the stretch. Not doing this step would allow for your head to roll off to the right of the foam roll, making it a pointless exercise.
Third: Rotate your head, pivoting off of the foam roll, angling your nose to the ground. As you can tell, there is a straight line through the top of my head, down my spine, though the middle of my body.
Hold this position 3-5 seconds and perform 5-10x each side. This is a big stretch targeting the upper half of the neck.
Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions.
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