7 Ways to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension

Do you stretch your neck and shoulders before working out? Probably not. 

We often neglect our neck and shoulders because we spend time stretching other places like the hamstrings and hips. And why wouldn’t we? It’s critical to stretch these main muscle groups for sports like running, cycling and other endurance events. 

But overtime, just like the hips and hamstrings, ignored tightness in the shoulders and neck can alter performance through poor posture, limited range of motion and even tension headaches. 

The good news: massaging and stretching your neck and shoulders is simple and can be done almost anywhere.

About the Author

Stephanie Ring

Stephanie Ring is a certified yoga teacher, CrossFit coach, writer and creator of Endure Yoga. She's based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works at CrossFit Marin and Yoga Flow SF. She is a 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, a CrossFit Level 2 Coach, a CrossFit Mobility Trainer, a Team ICG Indoor Cycling Instructor and has her CPR/AED Certification. You can find Stephanie on her Endure Yoga website or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Stephanie Ring is a certified yoga teacher, CrossFit coach, writer and creator of Endure Yoga. She's based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works at CrossFit Marin and Yoga Flow SF. She is a 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, a CrossFit Level 2 Coach, a CrossFit Mobility Trainer, a Team ICG Indoor Cycling Instructor and has her CPR/AED Certification. You can find Stephanie on her Endure Yoga website or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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