Modern Dance Stretches : Modern Dance Side-Neck Stretch

Modern Dance Stretches : Modern Dance Side-Neck Stretch


Hi, my name is Chell Garcia-Trias, and I’m
a modern dance instructor in Austin, Texas. I’m going to show you a way to stretch out
the sides of your neck, the way we would do it in modern dance. So what I’m going to do
first, I’m going to plant my feet in the ground and then I’m going to reach my shoulders down,
I’m going to reach out with my hand, I’m going to reach down with my right hand and out.
All the way up, dropping my shoulder, until I get to my ear, and then I’m going to gently
rest my head on my shoulder there and just give a little tug on my ear towards the ground.
And then what I’m going to do is reach out with that opposite arm at an angle. You’ll
feel when you start to reach out at an angle that you’re really intensifying the stretch
in this part of your neck right here. While I’m here I’m going to take some deep breaths,
and just relax, trying to release the muscles in my neck. I’m not trying to pull them apart,
I’m just trying to release them. And when I’m done with that side, I’ll stay there for
a couple of minutes, but when I’m done I’ll let go, release my head up, my arm out and
around, coming back down. And then I’ll reach up and around with my other arm to my other
ear to dropping my head. I’m using the weight of my arm to pull my head down a little bit,
and I’m going to reach out at an angle with that other arm. And I feel that deep intense
stretch in my neck again. It’s a great way to release any kind of tension you might be
feeling in your neck. Take some deep breaths, and when you’re done you’ll release the right
arm, release the left arm, release the head, and just relax and you should feel like you’re
a little bit taller. It’s a great way to stretch out your neck and the sides of your neck in
modern dance.

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