Relieve Neck Tension with This Easy Hand Exercise


Despite the recommendation by Wilson Phillips in their 1990 hit single “Hold On,” sometimes you need to release, especially when it comes to your hands.

If you’re like me, your hands spend the day doing things that require a closed grip when working. Things like typing, writing, chopping, cooking, carrying, gardening, driving, holding a dog leash, video game controller, etc.

It’s rare an activity opens my hands and spreads my fingers unless, of course, I’m dancing to the 1990 hit single “Release Me” by, you guessed it, Wilson Phillips. 😉

Constantly closing the hands and curling the fingers creates tension you probably don’t even notice because you’re so used to feeling it.

And sometimes, tension like this contributes to arthritis, carpal tunnel, and neck tightness. 

If you have any of these issues, and even if you don’t, you won’t want to miss today’s video.

You’ll learn an effective exercise to release tension in your hands that will have beneficial effects up through your neck and jaw.

You’ll be surprised by how good this one feels during the exercise and most especially, after!

I’d love to hear how this one goes for you. Make sure to let me know in the comments below.

With released hands,


P.S. If you like the exercise in this video, then you’ll love the re-vamped Pilates Tonic Online Membership. The virtual doors will open in October for new members, and I promise to keep you posted on all the details!



Hi, I'm Sydney and I'm a Restorative Movement Specialist here at Pilates Tonic. My goal is to empower you with tools to connect and live in your body in new and better ways. I'm a passionate advocate for wellness through optimally aligned movement and I look forward to designing a customized alignment and movement program just for you! If you want to find out more, just give me a call at 423.702.5233, or email me at [email protected] See you in the studio!

6 Responses

  1. I have to say this is one of my favorites! I felt it all the way up my arms into my neck, which I really needed. Thank you!! I actually sat on the couch and bent over to the floor. It worked great!

  2. Good restful, relax for my hands which I forget and depend upon soooo much.
    I could feel my neck relax , feel lighter in my neck.

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