Mobility for Stylists

Being a hair stylist is not easy, countless hours of standing in, while mixing in blow drying, coloring, cutting and styling all with your arms held up high!
 

The body pain from work can be real!! And it can slow you down during the busy holiday season! 

Don't let the pain keep you from helping all your clients! Try our mobility exercises below for your specific problem! 
 

Still not enough? Set up an acupuncture or massage appointment to get a jump start on the healing!!

Cross Body Pull
Cross Body Pull

For strained or weak feeling in the shoulders upper back and scapulas. Bend arm at a 90 degree angle across the body at shoulder level. With the opposite hand pull the elbow back towards the shoulder. You should feel the stretch in the tricep and the back of the shoulder

Tricep Pull
Tricep Pull

The tricep can be come tight or strained after constantly using your arms all day. Stretch both arms above the head. Bend the right arm, with the left hand brace elbow of bent arm and gently pull back. Hold for 60 seconds and repeat on other arm.

Arm Cross Rotation
Arm Cross Rotation

Sore forearms, wrists and hands. Can also help with tingling and numbness. Begin with arms crossed out in front, then interlock fingers. Flex and extend wrists, for a deep stretch in the forearms. Pull shoulders forward and slowly rotate spine from left to right, for deep shoulder and tricep stretch.

Flexor Stretch
Flexor Stretch

This combined with the opposite stretch can help release pain in hands, wrists, and arms While sitting. Extend one arm out in front. Pull hand back gently stretching the fingers back. Stretch should be felt on the bottom of the arms (biceps and forearms)

Wrist Mobilization
Wrist Mobilization

Great exercise to do in between clients or before you get your workday started! Interlock fingers, and gently roll wrists in a circular clockwise motion. Begin with 20 second increments then switch to counter clockwise. Repeat 3 times.

Thoracic Roll
Thoracic Roll

At the end of the that upper can feel exhausted, breathe some new feeling with this thoracic roll. Beginning at the lower to middle back, allow your back to relax over the foam roller on a tender spot. Hold that spot until the tenderness subsides. then move the roller 1/4 inch to the next tender spot and repeat.

Hamstring Smash 1
Hamstring Smash 1

If you stand all day this one is for you! It will help support the low back and back of the legs, so you can keep on standing for years to come! Part 1- Begin sitting on a box or hard surface, where your feet can dangle. Place a lacrosse ball or worm on a tender spot on the hamstrings. Allow the weight of your leg to smash into the ball.

Hamstring Smash 2
Hamstring Smash 2

If you stand all day this one is for you! It will help support the low back and back of the legs, so you can keep on standing for years to come! Part 2- With the ball in a tender spot extend the foot up. Repeat in the same spot minimum 3 times or until the discomfort is diminished. Repeat on ALL tender spots of the hamstring

Laced in Front
Laced in Front

Great for tired and sore hands and fingers! Interlace fingers out in front of the body. Push hands out away from you, while pulling shoulders blades down towards the floor.

When doing any sort of mobility it is important to make sure your muscles are warm to prevent any further injuries and to get the most out of your mobility routine. 
 

When working through any uncomfortable areas it is important to breathe deeply into the belly. When trying to go deeper into a stretch it is important to synchronize the movements with an exhale. 

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