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Leaning over a computer or sewing machine all day can really wreak havoc on your neck (and your upper back and arms). Here’s a stretch that doesn’t seem like it will make a difference for your neck, but it really does!

Twisted arms stretch

Begin with your arms up in front of your body, so that your elbows and arms make an “L” shape and your palms are flat and facing in toward one another:

Pose 2A

Cross your arms in front of you so that your left elbow is just inside your right elbow and your palms are now facing outward, away from one another:

Pose 2B

Twist your arms together so that the palms once again meet and face one another. Hold here for 30 seconds:

Pose 2C

Here’s a side view so you can see that pose from another angle:

Pose 2D

Return to your center starting position to begin the stretch on the other side:

Pose 2E

Cross your arms in front of you again, this time placing your right elbow just inside the left:

Pose 2G

Twist your arms once more so the palms meet:

Pose 2H

Here is a view from the other side:

Pose 2I

How did it feel?

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So you’ve spent the day knitting or sewing or typing. Maybe you’ve even been busy with last-minute handmade holiday gift-making? You’re starting to get an uncomfortable or possibly tingling feeling with each movement of your fingers. As creatives, our hands are often our life-blood, both financially and soulfully, and we can’t afford to let them wither. It’s time to stretch!

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