So many of us suffer with stiff, sore necks. While there are a number of skeletal, muscular and nervous system reasons for sore necks; lots of neck tension can be eased by simply deepening the breath!

While the diaphragm is the chief muscle of respiration; the secondary muscles of respiration are in the neck. The sternocleidomastoid, the scalenes and levator scapula all are critical assisting muscles to the process of breathing. In our day-to-day lives; we tend to constrict, shorten and hold the breath too often. We tend to spend our days hunched forward over computers, steering wheels and desks; we hold the breath if we’re in pain or scared; and loud, vibrant breathing is not always socially acceptable. (Just try walking into that next board meeting and releasing a loud, long sigh; see how well that goes over) Then shallow breathing becomes habit instead of isolated incident.

So treat yourself to a few minutes of focusing on deepening, lengthening and softening your breath several times throughout the day. Elongate your torso, tuck your tailbone under, gently draw the navel towards the spine, relax your shoulder blades down your back, reach up with the crown of your head; and breathe. Breathe deeply, breathe fully, breath loudly, breathe joyously! AAAAHHHHHHHHH!


Suzanne Andrew, Owner & LMT at Island Massage Therapy and Try Thai Yoga Massage.  Practicing energywork and bodywork since 1999, Suzanne is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist in Florida. (MA51338,  MM31363),