Your shoulder blades and ribcage go together like icing on a cinnamon roll.
These bones have a relationship, and while it might not taste delicious like a warm, cinnamony treat, it sure feels delicious when this relationship is intact.
But the connection can go south fast when we adopt a very popular posture habit, and that’s when the metaphorical roll gets yanked right out from under its icing.
It all comes down to rib and shoulder blade misalignment, and it contributes to things like
- a rounded upper spine
- winging scapulae
- rotator cuff imbalance
- chronic neck and shoulder tension
The habit I’m talking about is a massive blind spot that I rarely see addressed in mainstream Pilates.
And blind spots are really hard to change since, by definition, you don’t know they’re there.
But once you know about a blind spot, change becomes waaaaaay easier, and so does solving problems like those listed above.
“So, what’s this blindspot habit, Sydney?” I hear you asking.
This blindspot habit is simply thrusting your ribs for good posture.
My last video was all about dropping the ribs versus closing them, and today we’ll explore what happens to the ribs and shoulder blades in exercises on the hands and knees, aka quadruped.
Apply what you learn in this video to any quadruped exercise you practice, and you’ll quadruple the benefits you get. (I know that’s a big promise!)
After you check it out and give it a try, I’d love to know how it goes. Tell me in the comments below.
Wishing you a holiday season filled with warm cinnamon rolls,
P.S. Learning about rib alignment and building my mid-back connection saved my neck and shoulders after years of chronic pain.
As a result, I’m passionate about helping others enhance their alignment and develop their own mid-back connection, and I’ve gotten really good at it!
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