This is one of the very few self-help techniques I’ve come up with that can perfectly mimic what I do in my private practice, and that means you should get an INSTANT and very powerful result (if you do it correctly).
Before I go any further, however…
If if you have significant neck pain of any kind, I highly encourage you to use my pec and deltoid release BEFORE attempting this technique.
The majority of neck pain does not originate in the neck, it is usually in your chest and (front) shoulders. If you try to release your neck first you might make things worse. The reason is, often times our neck is getting “tight” because it is fighting the constant pull of our forward rotated shoulders; it’s engaged in an unwinnable battle to pull our necks back where they are supposed to be.
If this is the case and you release your neck WITHOUT releasing the chest FIRST, then you’ve just created a scenario in which your neck will be FAR more likely to be pulled forward from the chest tightness that is still present, the very thing the neck is attempting to counteract by pulling back and tightening up. Your neck may react by clamping down even harder after a few hours, which is not what we want!
For the BEST result no matter what your situation or goal: combine the pec and deltoid release with this one and your head will feel like it’s floating!
There is a POCKET of fascia where a bunch of neck muscles meet. We are targeting the fascial JUNCTION of these muscle groups, but in particular the SCALENES where they meet the upper trapezius and levator scapulae. Look at the picture to the right and notice that the scalenes and levator scap live UNDERNEATH the upper trapezius muscle. The trap creates a SHELF, and we are targeting everything just at and UNDER that shelf.
We are NOT targeting the upper traps specifically (in isolation), which is what a lot of massage therapists focus on and what you typically ask for when you go get a massage and tell them “My shoulders are so tight so please work those!”
With this technique we will be grabbing a portion of the upper trap fascia and separating it from the scalenes and levator scap fascia, with the focus being on the scalenes.
I think the reason I’m so excited to give you this one is because I need this the MOST of all the techniques I’ve invented for self-help. I look down all day working on clients, not to mention time spent on the computer and my phone. So I am intimately familiar with almost everything on that list above, and I know firsthand how much they all SUCK and affect quality of life. I am a happier person when my neck feels light and free as if it’s floating instead of crunched up, restricted and heavy.
I want to hear from you! Do you have neck pain? Did you try this in combination with the chest release? What happened, how do you feel?
Please log in again. The login page will open in a new tab. After logging in you can close it and return to this page.