This is a simple daily practice to help relieve neck and shoulder pain. The arms up stretch boosts arm circulation and supports upper body wellness. It’s demonstrated by New Jersey licensed massage therapist Veda King Blanchard.
With our shared typical postural habits – leaning over a laptop, driving while leaning to one side, carrying things on the same side all the time… Many of us experience some discomfort of the neck or back. One of the largest favors we can do for ourselves is the three towel exercise.
The three towel exercise is a passive stretch requiring a beach towel, a bath towel, a small hand towel or washcloth, and a piece of floor. Roll up each towel and lay flat on your back with the beach towel under your knees, the bath towel under the small of your back, and the hand towel under the curve of your neck.
This is a passive stretch, so if you feel any strain, like you might be pushing your body in any way, adjust the towel causing discomfort. Try laying this way for 10 to 15 minutes a day and you’ll quickly feel the difference.