Staring into a computer screen (or a windshield or a book or a pile of spreadsheet printouts) all day can leave you looking like a turtle.
Your head ends up hanging in front of your torso. Your neck is bent forward with the muscles along the back of the neck hanging on for dear life. The muscles under the base of your skull shorten to pull your head back up so that you can still see your computer screen. Your shoulders slump forward, and your rib cage crops into your abdomen.
This is not a pretty picture.
You can undo this painful pattern.
- Lift up your rib cage, visualizing it rising up and away from your hips.
- Roll your shoulders up and back so that your shoulder blades are as close as possible to your spine.
- Lengthen the back of your neck, lifting up the back of your head and letting your chin tuck as the back of the head lifts up.
- Finally, slide your head backwards as if it were a drawer you were closing.