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Neck Gnarl, Sleeping, and Other Stories

Just to complete some of my thoughts about neck issues and what you can do with the neck congestion, here are a few videos from Dr. Katy Bowman (biomechanics awesomeness) and Kelly Starrett, a PT, cross fit man, and maker of hilarious videos.

This first one is a roll-out plus anatomy drive-by with Kelly Starrett and Jill Miller, and it's a doozy.

This quick video is a promotional byte for Katy's program, but it also illustrates the issues of forward head position, just in case you missed it last week, or are still confused.

Just in case you're a little fuzzy on all the anatomy talk here, here's a quick view!

Just in case you're a little fuzzy on all the anatomy talk here, here's a quick view!

How are you sleeping?  To keep your neck happy as you sleep, don't sleep on your belly!  While there is no universally agreed upon pillow position for sleeping (Dr Bowman says no pillow!), the first half of this video gives great insight into some sleeping problems that might be going on for you sometimes.

Self Massage techniques (aka. Be a Baller)

Now that I've talked a bit about the value of rolling out your tight tissues, here are a few videos for those of you ready to rock and roll.  (There are lots of ball-related puns.  Sorry).  As a Yoga Tune Up® teacher, I like the YTU® balls, but I've also used pinky balls and lacrosse balls in a pinch.  Here are some of my favorite roll out places to start.


Feet: whether you've worn heels or dress shoes, or you just ran a few miles, this feels great.

Upper Back: after a day of playing, or in the morning, this is a nice way to start to unwind.

Jaw/TMJ issues: for all of my wind player, singer, night jaw grinding friends out there!

Neck: this is a great sequence for everyone!

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