This segment is designed to open the shoulders. This is a great sequence for those of us who sit at a desk, spend a lot of time on a bike, or are new mothers (holding a baby, nursing, etc.) Really, it’s for anyone who does any activity that causes the shoulders to sit in an internally rotated position. In this flow, we will work on the openings in both standing and balancing postures so that the core stays engaged. It is important for the core to be engaged so that the ribs, thoracic spine, and scapula stay in a position that will keep the shoulder stabilized.
As you increase mobility in any joint, it is especially important to make sure the joint stays both stabilized and strong. The shoulder is especially vulnerable because it is the most mobile joint in the body. The good news is that if you have tight shoulders, it is actually far better than having shoulders that are too open, which leads to chronic injury if it is not balanced with strength.
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint; therefore, this sequence will take you through three different arm positions to ensure opening in all the different areas we hold tension. The last two stretches that are on the ground are great for after CrossFit, biking, a long day at the office, or whatever closed position you’ve been hanging out in. Enjoy and breathe!