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How to Unwind Neck Tension with Self-Myofascial Release (& What NOT to Do)

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Whether you’re craning your head to look at a screen in your hand or on your desk for hours at a time, it can seem like modern living conspires to collect tension in the neck. And when it’s bad, sometimes even yoga can aggravate it further. That’s where self-myofascial release comes in: Through this simple technique from Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT and teacher of YJ’s Fascia Release for Yoga online course, you can gently (and safely) relieve the suboccipital muscles that contribute to neck tension and pain.

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Myofascial release offers the same benefits of stretching—without the risks of overstretching and damaging the joints. Want to learn more? Join Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT, founder of, for Fascia Release for Yoga. In this six-week course, you’ll learn how to use self-myofascial release techniques with foam rollers, balls, and DIY props to support your practice, fix stiff spots, unwind adhesions or scar tissue, tune up your nervous system, and so much more. Sign up today and save 20%!