This Easy Stretch Offers Sweet Relief from Head & Neck Tension

Do you ever get tension in your head, neck, or jaw that won’t let go?

Sometimes my scalp squeezes my head so much it feels like my eyeballs are going to pop out.

I joke that “I’m thinking so hard my muscles are squeezing my brain,” but it’s actually pretty uncomfortable and makes my head hurt.

Can you relate?

If so, I have a tension-relieving stretch for your throat you must try!

It might not seem like your throat has anything to do with head tension, but everything in your body is connected. In other words, if one area of your body is tense and tight, other parts of your body become similarly tight and tense.

Today, you’ll stretch your platysma muscle, which attaches to your jaw from your collarbone, so it will also help with jaw tension.

I was surprised by how tight my throat, jaw and ears felt when I first tried this. And then I was relieved by how much tension was eased.

Sweet relief!

After you check it out, I’d love to know how it goes. Make sure to tell me in the comments below.

With ease and sweet relief,



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!

8 Responses

  1. Simple but on point… i always say that we should work all around neck for pain relieve on the back of the neck, is what i use in my massages !
    With constancy , this area feel a great relieve , specially using a computer for long time!
    Thanks so much! Love in sharing…

  2. This was very helpful. At first it seemed like I was to do one side. However there were no instructions to switch sides so I guess the first hand goes in the middle. Yes? Thank you!

    1. Thanks for your great question, Ann! Start with the hands in the middle, but then you can explore what you find with your hands on the left side as your chin lifts and your head tilts to the right, and vice versa.

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