Neck Isometrics

the primary importance 

of neck strength, stability.




Thank you! to Laotse (pseudonym) for the alternative perspective.  Reference the discussion thread at, entitled the importance of the neck.




I used to promote Sonnon's intu-flow neck exercises as the best I'd found, but I've recently adjusted my perspective.  The intu-flow neck exercises focus mostly on neck mobility: turning, rotating, shifting the neck in a variety of ways.  However, most people don't exercise their neck at all, and so lack basic strength and stability in this critical area, the neck.  I think that working on mobility exercises without sufficient prior basic strength and stability has the potential to really tweak a person's cervical vertebrae ... perhaps for many people and especially if a person has a pre-existing (manifest or latent) neck condition.

Laotse made the point that the human neck never needs to get into the intu-flow positions, implying that the intu-flow neck exercises carry too high of a risk/benefit ratio altogether.  Maybe that's true (even probably true for most people, though I still think that Sonnon's neck exercises could be very beneficial for well developed Taoist exercise nuts).  I do agree that at the very least people should be careful of the stability ~ mobility balance and that increasing strength and stability should come first.

So, here is a simple set of isometric neck exercises that promotes neck strength, stability:





1. Place both palms on your forehead.  (I know the picture only shows one palm, but it's easier with both.)

2. Press your head against your palms, for a count of 5.  Don't strain, only very moderate pressure.  Relax.  Repeat for a count of 5, then relax, two more times.



Back, Left, Right




Proceed similarly with neck isometrics to the back, left, and right.  

For each direction:  Three moderate presses of 5 seconds each, interspersed by relaxation.


Here is a youtube video of the same exercises.



NOTE:  I still think that the over-all intu-flow program is quite good, but that this "neck stability ~ mobility" issue needed to be commented upon.


DISCLAIMER:  I am not a doctor.  Do not take my advice in place of a doctor's!  The responsibility is your own.