Ease Your Neck Tension with this Surprisingly Simple Solution

Today’s video is inspired by a class I taught in my Active Alignment mat class last year.

Three women in class shared similar issues:

  • Chronic neck tension
  • Neck immobility
  • Headaches
  • Back tightness

As they described their experiences and what they’d tried for relief (chiropractic care, massage, ibuprofen, stretching, etc.), it occurred to me I’d never gone into detail about how breathing affects the neck. This seemed like the perfect opportunity.

The entire class that day focused on breathing and the neck, and afterward, this is what the participants had to say:

“Oh my gosh, I never realized how much I use my neck to breathe. This was revolutionary.”

“Holy cow, my neck tenses with everything I do. As soon as you mentioned ‘neck breathing,’ I was able to relax my neck (even though I caught myself tensing it up again).”

“It’s never occurred to me that how I breathe could make my neck tight. Everything feels more relaxed now.”

Improving the way you breathe helps everything else feel better. It just does.

And it’s one of those things that is so simple most of us completely miss it.

If your neck feels tight all the time, even though you stretch, make sure to check out today’s video.

After you do, I’d love to know how it went for you. Make sure to tell me in the comments below.

Happy New Year! 


P.S. About those active alignment classes I mentioned above… 

They’re currently included as a bonus with the Pilates Tonic Online membership (PTO).

I livestream each class so you can attend in real time if it works for your schedule, and if it doesn’t, you can watch the class replay (which is what most members do).

The standalone value of these classes is $160 a month, but right now, you can get all of them plus more for a limited time when you join the online membership for only $79/month.

The membership price is going up soon! If you've been on the fence, now's the perfect time to jump in. Once you’re a member, your rate stays the same as long as you're subscribed. No surprises, just your lifelong ticket to consistent ease and pain-free living!

P.P.S. Curious about what else was in the class I taught to help these women find neck relief? 

After the class, I was so inspired that I recorded a full class for PTO members. It lives inside the membership now, available for instant access when you join!



I’m here to help you get stronger and more flexible through alignment-based restorative exercise so you can enjoy all the activities you love in life. You can work with me in two convenient ways: digitally through the Pilates Tonic Online membership or personally with in-person Restorative Movement Sessions.

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