Shoulder Blade Movement And Meet My Coach

Hi folks,

Every time I turn around someone is telling me to loosen up my shoulder blades, which are pretty stiff. I must admit that they were essentially ‘stuck to my back.’ Several years of massage, Gyrotonic, Pilates, Feldenkrais, and recently Continuum, have improved them a great deal. I now include thoughts about my shoulder blade motion into my training and dancing, to good effect. I made a short movie today, during my Feldenkrais session with Karen, to show you what I mean.

Whether you are a serious endurance athlete or undertaking exercise for better health, keep working on those shoulders. A common cause of shoulder immobility is tight pectorals (chest muscles) due to riding on a bike that is too long or with a poor position, causing you to have to stretch forward. Bench press to build up your pectoral muscles at the gym, to have a nice manly chest, whilst ignoring the opposing muscle groups on your back – the usual out of sight out of mind problem with back muscles- and failing to stretch out these upper body muscle groups can also lock up your shoulder blades. The exercise ‘running like a waiter’ in Dave Scott’s short running video, is a great way to loosen those shoulder blades and get them to float over your back. This really is worth the effort, if only for good posture. And now I want you to meet my coach, Chris Haute of AIMP, who really knows how to swim. He was disappointed in a 55 min Hawaii swim, because he expected 54 min. Have you any idea how fast that is?

Keep training!

-k Your Medical Mind


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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.