What is it and benefits?
Upper Traps-Seated is a beginner stretch that hat helps to increase the flexibility and range of motion in the neck and upper back.
Who should perform it?
This flexibility exercise may be performed by healthy exercisers who have adequate flexibility in the neck muscles.
Bend your knees at a right angle and sit up tall on a stability ball or bench. Suck in the tummy in an attempt to make the navel touch the spine.
How to Do the Exercise:
Tuck in the chin to the chest and slowly bend the head over toward the left shoulder as far as comfortably possible. Reach the left hand over the head and place it on your right temple.. Apply light pressure. As soon as the tension lessens, allow the head to push against the gentle pressure of the left hand. Then relax the head. If possible, allow the head to bend a bit closer to the shoulder. Allow the tension to decrease, contract the muscle and then relax it. Repeat on the right side.
If any pain or discomfort is experienced discontinue this exercise.