Set Your Hands and Neck Free by Releasing Your Forearms


Over the years, I’ve noticed a theme with the exercise you’ll learn in today’s video.

What’s that theme?

The look of surprise when people find out how much tension is in their forearms.

The forearms are overworked and overlooked for sure, and I know, releasing them might seem boring.

But this ho-hum area affects your hands and neck, and a little time invested here will pay big returns for your upper body.

If your neck always feels tight, or your hands are stiff, you won’t want to miss this easy exercise.

I’ll show you how to release your forearms so you can seriously alleviate hand and neck tension.

After you give it a try, I’d love to hear how it goes. Make sure to let me know in the comments below.

Supple forearms coming your way,


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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!

18 Responses

  1. This is so helpful and the modification of 1 hand at a time is good too!
    I find a lot of tightness in my thumb joint doing this especially my right one.
    Thanks so much!

  2. Thanks Sydney, this one is so helpful for me as massage therapist, starting Ibiza summer season soon,i ‘incorporate ‘ many stretchingsnon my routine, to have a health good performance, as well to share with clients, staying long hours on computers 😊
    love and 🌞🙏

    1. Hi Tania, so glad this one is helpful. Thanks for letting me know and I love that you share stretches with your clients! They’re lucky to have you! :))

  3. Wow, this was wonderful. It did loosen my forearms. My thumbs and wrists, which had been tight and a little painful lately, were also opened up. Thank you so much!

  4. I would like to see this video-set your hands and neck free by releasing your forearms, but no video appears when I press on the article/arrow, just the chat below it. This has happened a couple of times with recent videos

    1. Hi Shirley, thanks for letting me know. Sometimes updating the browser, or using a different browser will fix the issue. And if that doesn’t work, clearing your browser’s cache and cookies might do the trick. Hope this helps!

  5. Hi Sydney,
    I am 6 weeks out from a neurosurgical procedure to fix two discs through and creating a bone graft with titanium and screws to help them stabilize. I do to Dr. today. I am wondering if you have worked with folks in your restorative practice who have had this type of surgery.
    I find your teaching technique is so easy and helpful for me to follow . I have followed you as best as I can through the pandemic but my neck issues were not repaired through surgery till now. It is a long process. So, just checking in to see what you think.

    1. Hi Theresa, Thanks so much for the update! I have worked with people who’ve had similar surgeries. It can be a process, but it sounds like you’re on the road to feeling better, and that is wonderful news. I hope you get a great report from your doctor today and wish you all the best during your continued recovery.

    1. Hi Jana, great question, and yes, for sure. Try bringing one arm out in front of you with the palm facing the ceiling. Spread your thumb away from your palm and keep your fingers straight. Then use your other hand to gently pull your fingers and palm backward toward the floor. This is also an effective exercise that will create a similar experience and, over time, make the exercise in the video more possible. Thanks for asking!

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