Step 1. Bend your head slightly forward and to the right.
Step 2. With your right hand, gently pull your head downward, slightly forward and to the right. You will feel a nice, easy stretch along the back left side of your neck.
Step 3. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Continue to breath rhythmically and slowly. Do not hold your breath.
Step 4. Ease out of the stretch and rotate sides.
The neck stretch is a stretch to improve flexibility and prevent future injury to the neck. When the user is performing this exercise, he should keep his spine straight throughout. A bend in the spine coupled with the stretching of the neck could lead to injury due to pressure from the spine upon the neck. Standing upright and not stretching the neck too far will prevent any such injury. The user should be careful not to stretch too far or stretch too hard. This can do more harm than good. Stretching is important and should be incorporated in all exercise routines. Stretching can help limit injury to the ligaments and muscles. By stretching the muscle before working out, you can actually lift more weight.
Updated: March 31th, 2015