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Stretches for those tight muscles

January 5, 2011

Stretches for those tight muscles

Did you ever find yourself sitting for hours on end finishing up a project? You try to get up and your muscles are stiff. I am going to post a new stretch each month starting with the top of your body working down to help you relax those tight tired muscles.

Simple neck stretches:

Sit tall with both feet flat on the ground. Take one hand and bring all of your fingers together and place that hand behind your neck as shown in the top photo.

Slowly allow your head to lean back. It will come to rest on your hand as seen in the bottom photo.

This is as far back as you should go. Hold this position and take three slow deep breaths. Then bring your head back up to a neutral position.  Repeat this three times.

Another way to relax your neck is with shoulder shrugs. Sit tall with both feet flat on the floor. Raise up both shoulders at the same time and take a deep breath. Slowly lower your shoulders and exhale at the same time. Repeat this movement 3-5 times.

The above is from the booklet “Stretches for those who Knit and Crochet”

Ellen is a certified Fitness Practitioner/Personal Trainer, teaching obtainable lifestyle changes for over 25 years.

Ellen writes and produces fitness DVD’s  CD’s and Books of the IsoBreathing program. All are now being sold through the IsoBreathing website.


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  2. Connie Raby says:

    Only my Nicole would take the time to offer physical help to her customers! Thanks so much for caring about us, for sharing your knowledge with us and for selling awesome yarn at awesome prices! You’re the best!!!!

    • nicole says:

      ere’s the thing, when you start decreasing and making the top of the hat you need to transition to DPNs. I know they look really scary but all you’re doing is knitting in straight rows and then moving to the next needle and working in a straight row again. This is a great pattern to learn DPN skills on because the yarn is so chunky and you can see what you’re doing. I learned on sock yarn…. OMG, that was TOUGH!

      I found this video for you, it’s really helpful!

      Let me know if you have questions,


    • nicole says:

      You are marvelous!!!

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