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Stretch Your Neck with Neck Release on the Foam Roller

neck release on the foam rollerNeck release with the foam roller is an exercise that I found in the Ellie Herman Pilates with props book. Although I’m sure I had tried it at some point, I had completely forgotten about it until I started re-reading the book for inspiration.

This very easy, very basic exercise reminds me of using lacrosse balls to massage the back of my skull. Previously, I shared that I’m using lacrosse balls to massage the back of my skull and top of my neck to help get rid of my weather-related headaches.

This massage with the foam roller is slightly less intense, but still very beneficial. Here’s more about this very helpful foam roller exercise.

Neck Release

  1. Begin on your back with the foam roller beneath your neck and the back of your skull.
  2. Breathe continuously throughout this exercise.
  3. Take a moment to rotate your pelvis to neutral and engage your abdominals.
  4. Alternate turning your head to the right and left. Take your time. As you turn your head, feel how the muscles at the back of your skull press in to the foam roller.
  5. Complete as many repetitions as you want, just make sure to do as much on the left as you did on the right.

Finding a Foam Roller

If you want to order a foam roller, I recommend the OPTP brand foam roller. Their foam rollers are firm and don’t dent or bend easily. It’s crucial for your foam roller to be firm and stay the same shape throughout its use.

Foam rollers are a great tool to elevate your Pilates mat work, but they’re also wonderful self-massage tools. Here’s a link to some foam roller stretches.

Neck Release Video

Here is a video for visual learners.

What do you think of this exercise? Can you feel a massage on the back of your neck as you move your head from side to side? Let us know in the comments below.

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Hi! I'm Sarah, and I'm a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a passion for pain relief. When I'm not working with clients, I'm researching the best ways to get rid of pain. Do you want to learn how to practice yoga and Pilates safely in your own home? Or, do you want to know all my tips and tricks for pain relief? Join my mailing list and receive free goodies to help you.

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