As a lash artist you are probably familiar with the aches and pains that can develop from sitting and working with repetitive movements all day.
A Bella employee, who also happens to be a Certified Yoga Instructor, put together these 5 simple stretches to help you alleviate wrist and shoulder pain:
- Thumb Pull: Make a fist and point your thumb up, create resistance with your thumb and hand muscles. Gently pull back on your thumb with your free hand. Hold and repeat on the other hand.
2. Wrist Rolls: Extend your arms and gently roll your wrists clockwise for 10 seconds. Switch the direction and roll your wrists counterclockwise for 10 seconds.
3. Hand Pulls: Extend your right arm with your fingers facing down and your palm facing towards you. With your left hand, gently press the fingers on your right hand toward your body. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat on the other hand.
4. Seated Side Reach: Start in a seated cross leg position with your hands resting on your thighs. Reach both arms up and overhead, 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 Rolls
✔️ Shoulder Rolls: Start in a seated cross leg position with your hands resting on your thighs. Slowly roll your shoulders front and around to the back. Continue with this motion for 15 seconds, switch and roll your shoulders back and around to the front.
✔️ Neck Rolls: Start in a seated cross leg position. Gently tip your head to the left, roll your head to the right and back to the left. Repeat this motion a few times, then bring your head back to a normal upright position. Gently tip your head to the left, softly place your left hand on the right side of your head and very gently pull your head slightly closer to the left side of your neck. Remove your hand, switch sides and repeat. Roll your head center and down. Place your dominant hand on the top of your head and gently pull down. Remove your hand and bring your head back to a normal upright position.