We left off our last newsletter about the rib cage with some questions for you to think about.
How did you answer these?
If you answered, your rib cage feels pretty stiff: You are likely not receiving all the benefits of breathing well. When we breathe well or three-dimensionally, it helps create mobility in our rib cage. The opposite is true when we don't breathe well. It can make our rib cage stiffer by overusing the muscles that are attached to it for the simple task of breathing.
If you answered you don't breathe well: Your rib cage may also be it stiff or rigid. Perhaps you feel like you cannot get a breath fully in or out.
If you answered you do not turn your head well or easily to one side or the other: The muscles that are attached from your neck to your...
During this month's newsletters, we have discussed the connections of our head, neck, shoulders, and rib cage, as well as the role of that one thing we do all day long that can contribute to our neck and shoulder discomfort, breathing.
In today's installment, we will discuss some 'easy' things you can do to help calm that nagging discomfort. Easy is in quotes because you can easily overdo the suggestions we will make here.
Let's talk posture first. From a young age, you may have heard, 'stand up straight, pull your shoulder back, etc.'
This was well-meaning advice. However, it likely was not great for your neck and shoulders over time. Our spines are not straight, at least not from top to bottom. They have gentle curves to help lessen the pressure when we load them. Our shoulders are not meant to be back behind the rest of our bodies. If our shoulders are back, doing work in front of our bodies is challenging.
Let's add just a little more...