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Rolling your arms above your head

Method:

Step 1: Sit in an upright position with a neutral spineIMG_3501

Step 2: Hip bones are grounded firmly to the floor

Step 3: Hook the fingers of both your hands in front of your chest

Step 4: Pull your elbows away from each other; you should feel complete engagement of your shoulder region now

Step 5: Maintain the stretch and the resistance; roll your arms clock wise five times round over your head to the back and again to the front

Step 6: Change the hook of your fingers (if right arm was in front, let your left arm come in front now)

Step 7: Roll your arms anti clockwise five times and relax

Note:

  • Let the movement be slow and steady
  • The movement is circular in nature hence make sure to get into full circular movement especially when the arms are at the back
  • Ensure that the head is constantly aligned with your neck (ear lobes are above your shoulders) and does not move forward especially when you move your arms to the back

Benefits

  • Releases spasm and tensions from the upper part of your body by stretching the sides, armpits, triceps, and chest, thereby, increasing the range of motion in the shoulder joints
  • Arm rotation is recommended for frozen shoulders. It helps release the tightness around shoulders by increasing blood flow in that area
  • People suffering from Cervical Spondylosis feel immediate relief with few rounds of this movement
  • Wide movements of arms give good massage to the chest region thereby improving the lung capacity
  • The movement strengthens the neck muscles
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