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10/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Unplug And Recharge: The Trapeze Squeeze

"Unplug and Recharge" is a new Living series which aims to give you, our dear readers, a quick break from your day -- whether you have as much time as ten minutes or as little as two. Following the success of our Oasis at the DNC, we're hoping to give you a little cyber-oasis -- a place to escape -- where you can take a moment to unplug, relax, and recharge.

Commonly referred to as tight shoulders, the area most people are talking about is technically the upper trapezius muscle group. An effective but simple way to relieve the stress so rampant in this area -- sometimes even leading to my-neck-is-disappearing-itis -- is the simple squeeze. Use your right hand to grab your left "shoulder" (upper trapezius), find the thick, rope-like top of the muscle group and squeeze, release, squeeze, release, just like washing a rag. The effect is similar: just like you might squeeze dirt out of a rag, you are squeezing old, adrenaline rich blood out of your muscles, allowing them to reabsorb clean, oxygen rich blood, rejuvinating and relaxing the area.