how to stretch your neck

The “Chicken Wing”

Stand with feet hip-distance apart and arms at sides. Reach both hands behind back and hold onto left wrist with right hand. Then, use right hand to gently pull left arm to right lower back. To increase stretch in neck, slowly lower right ear toward shoulder. Stay here 30 seconds, then switch sides. “This stretch offers a deep stretch in the sides of your neck,” says Jonesco.

Corner Stretch

Stand roughly 2 feet from corner of a room, facing in, feet together. Place forearms on walls of either side of corner, palms to wall and elbows at about shoulder height. Lean in gently until you feel a stretch. Stay here 30 seconds, and repeat 2 to 3 times. “This is a great stretch for your chest and upper back,” says Jonesco, “but should be modified or skipped entirely if you have a history of shoulder dislocations or rotator cuff problems.”