When we sit at the computer for the whole day the neck gets stiff and the disks press into the vertebraes compressing themselves. And what do we when we feel that the neck is stiff? We start lifting the head up, tilting it from side-to-side injuring it even more.
Watch what you have to do instead:
Grilled Veggies with Broccoli
Bunch of cherry tomatoes
Half of a broccoli head
2 Chinese eggplants
Handful of sunflower seeds (optional)
Grill or bake eggplants and onion gently glazed in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Cut grilled veggies into big pieces, slice broccoli, cut tomatoes in half and place everything into serving plate. If you want, sprinkle with sunflower seeds. This dish is good to serve right away as well as to let stand for a few hours
Beans: Italian Style
This is one of my favourites due to its easiness and the speed of preparing.
Handful of beans, either green or yellow
1-2 cloves of garlic
Salt , pepper, olive oil
You can either steam beans for 3-4 minutes or boil them for 1-2 minutes. Drain them, add crushed garlic right on top, then salt and pepper. Pour 1 table spoon of olive oil and mix everything with your hands.
As you learned from the previous post, the first big NO for the neck is DON’T send your chin up.
Let’s study the second big NO – don’t twist.If looked at the anatomy in the previous post you already know why not to do it. But we do know that the twist are extremely beneficial for any parts of the spine. Yes and no. Yes, if they are done with the proper technique.
This pose is excellent for releasing the tension in the neck. Slide your chin horizontally forward while exhaling and draw it back to the neutral position. Again, major mistake here is when you start lifting your chin up instead of moving it horizontally. Repeat it 7-10 times making sure that your chin keeps moving parallel to the ground.
I consider the previous pose as preparation for this one.
#1 While inhaling move your chin forward.
#2 Exhaling turn your head to the right very slowly.
#3 With the next inhalation return your head to the position #4.3.1
#4 With exhalation get your chin into neutral position
Make sure that your chin always moves horizontally and is always parallel to the ground. This is the safest way to twist the neck. Again, if you have constant pain in your neck, consider going to the doctor, making x-ray and come to me.
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