Release neck tension

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Some headaches are caused by stiffness or constriction in the back of the neck, reducing circulation at the base of the skull. (commonly caused by postural issues, particularly with the head straining forward, i.e. when at a computer).

What You'll Need

  • A tightly rolled towel (approximately 5cm in diameter)

What You'll Do

  • Lie down on a yoga mat or a clean hard floor. Bring your knees up, with feet on the floor, so that your lower back is supported. (An alternative is to support your knees with pillows).
  • Lift your head, bring your chin towards your chest (this helps lengthen the back of the neck) and place the rolled towel under the base of your skull (where the back of your head meets the top of your neck).
  • Sometimes this area can feel tight and slightly tender. Let your head rest and gently release over a number of minutes. It is important for the towel to be rolled tight so that it provides gentle but firm pressure. You may like to adjust it as your neck lengthens.

Tips & Warnings

  • The towel should be rolled tight, so it is a relatively hard cylinder and contacts along your spine from the tail bone to just above the shoulders. If you experience any pain when doing this position, please seek the advice of a doctor, physiotherapist or posture specialist.
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