How To Tune Up Your Body to Stay Pain Free

Stretching Exercises

What happens if you don’t stretch?

Nothing. For a while.

Because stretching is for worriers and people with lots of time, right?


One day you wake up with a slight pain in your shoulders or back. After a little stretching, you feel alright again. So on you go with your super busy life.

A few weeks go by. And after a long day of sitting in your chair, you notice that your back and shoulders are really hurting.

You try to stretch again, but now the hurt lingers. After some stretching and maybe a pain pill or two, the soreness finally goes away.

Some days later, you do those once in a blue moon house chores. You know, the ones where you lift something heavy or exert yourself really hard.

Right in the middle of everything… Snap! Now the pain is intense.

Forget stretching, it’s hard to even breathe! Something feels really wrong.

You try to make excuses. “This happens to everyone,” you say as you look for a chair to collapse on.

And yes, this little story happens often…to people who don’t take stretching seriously.  But the truth is, it’s so easy to avoid all this agony.

All along, your muscles have been crying to be stretched.  Yet for many, it’s far to easy to be too busy or simply ignore those cries.

Daily posture and habits gradually overload certain muscles. And then a crisis happens.

How much better to start (and keep) a daily stretching habit!

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Here are some great moves to get you going.

Shoulder Stretch

  • While standing, bring your right arm across the chest.
  • Let your right hand rest on your left shoulder or upper arm.
  • With your left hand, press the right elbow into your chest to gently stretch the right upper arm and shoulder.
  • Hold for 5 seconds and release.
  • Repeat 3 to 5 times, then switch to the left arm.

Chest Stretch

  • While standing, bring your arms behind you and place both hands on your lower back.
  • Keep your fingers pointing down, and your elbows pointing to the sides.
  • Inhale, and on the exhale move your elbows towards each other as far you can without discomfort.
  • Feel the stretch across your chest, then bring the elbows back to the side.
  • Repeat 5 to 10 times.

Cat Stretch

  • Begin on your hands and knees with a flat back.
  • Now tuck your pelvis in and tilt your head down.
  • Stretch your mid-back away from the floor toward the sky – like a cat.
  • Hold and breathe for a few seconds.
  • Relax back into the starting position.
  • Repeat 5 to 10 times.

These feel so good (and are so good for you) you might even find yourself doing these more than once a day.

Life takes it out of you. I’d love to help you put it back in.

How can I help you personally?

Call me at 303-920-2350 with any questions, concerns or to find out how massage and essential oils can make life better for you.

Sarah Shropshire

by Sarah Shropshire
LMT, Essential Oil and Business Consultant


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