This month, we’re very excited to introduce another complimentary resource for you!

Starting the week of May 8th, we started sending you weekly video snippets taken from our Mindful Bodies in Motion class.  You’ll be able to access some of the exercises to practice on yourself.  In case you missed the first newsletter, see the video below for an introduction of what this means to you.

There are many joints in the thorax-- all the vertebrae of the spine and ribs connecting to those vertebrae, the sternum (breastbone) and ribs connecting to the sternum to name a few...Many joints afford us plenty of mobility, but it also allows for rigidity or bracing/gripping opportunities, if there is not an optimal stabilization and movement strategy.  People can lose rib cage mobility for many reasons.  Older adults often become very rigid through the rib cage and thorax because of a fear of falling, so they subconsciously tighten down or brace in order to create stability.  Others might lose mobility because of an accident, surgery, injury, so there’s guarding as a way to prevent pain, or restriction because of adhesions from scar tissue.  Whatever the reason, it is important to free up that rigidity, and help restore the mobility by training a more optimal stabilization and movement strategy.  

The first part is to perform a self check, so you know which side is more restricted or even where the restriction/tightness is.  The second thing to do is release that restriction with a mindful release.  This allows you to tell your brain to “Let go.  Stop gripping or tightening.  You don’t need to do that anymore.”  Then, follow it up with a corrective strategy that will help train the more optimal stabilization and movement pattern, so you don’t return to the less than optimal strategy as easily.  

In the last segment, I took you through how to perform a self-check.  The next steps are to release; then, activate.  

To begin these next steps, watch the videos below.

To release:

Then, activate: