As a lash artist you are probably familiar with the aches and pains that can develop from sitting and working with repetitive motions throughout the day. A Blink Professional® technician, who is also a Certified Yoga Instructor, put together these 5 simple stretches to help you relieve wrist and shoulder pain:
Thumb Pull: Make a fist and point your thumb up, creating resistance with your thumb and hand muscles. Gently pull back your thumb with your free hand. Hold and repeat on other side.
2. Wrist Twists: Extend your arms and gently rotate your wrists clockwise for 10 seconds. Change direction and rotate your wrists counterclockwise for 10 seconds.
3. Hand pulls: Extend your right arm with fingers down and palm facing you. With your left hand, gently press the fingers of your right hand toward your body. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat on the other side.
4. Seated Lateral Raise: Start in a sitting cross-legged position with your hands resting on your thighs. Raise both arms up and up, grab your right wrist with your left hand, and gently pull, leaning your upper body to your left while keeping your legs and hips on the ground. Hold the pose for a few seconds, switch sides, and repeat.
5. Shoulder and neck rotations
Shoulder Rotations: Begin in a sitting cross-legged position with your hands resting on your thighs. Slowly roll your shoulders back and forth. Continue this movement for 15 seconds, shift and roll your shoulders back and around the front.
Neck Rotations: Begin in a sitting cross-legged position. Gently tilt your head to the left, turn your head to the right and to the left. Repeat this movement a few times, then bring your head back to a normal upright position. Gently tilt your head to the left, gently place your left hand on the right side of your head, and gently pull your head a little closer to the left side of your neck. Remove your hand, switch sides, and repeat. Roll the center of your head and down. Place your dominant hand on top of your head and gently pull down. Remove your hand and return your head to a normal upright position.