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One of the main reasons we suffer from immobility is because of the fascial buildup in our bodies over time. “Fascia is the fibrous and gelatinous body wide web that forms the living seams, structures, protection and repair system for your body. It is the soft tissue scaffolding that gives your body its form and shape. It links muscular proteins and other connective tissue structures like bones, ligaments and tendons to one another. In short, Fascia is the body’s aqueous knitting fabric.” (www.yogatuneup.com)
Each time we move the body it is as if we are dusting away the webbing that has built up over time and stiffened in the joints. There are so many ways to increase your shoulder mobility. Here are 3 simple ways to get you started!
You can do these seated on a bench or chair:
1. Shoulder Rolls:
Begin by shrugging your shoulders up to your ears and letting them drop down your back. Once you’ve warmed up the shoulder girdle begin to make circular motions with your shoulders in one direction and then reverse. If that feels good you can make the motion larger by circling the arms wide.
2. Gentle Seated Twist:
Sitting up tall, inhale your arms above your head, exhale twist to the right, placing your left hand outside your right thigh and your right hand behind your low back to support your twist to the right. Complete on the left side.
3. Chest and Shoulder Opener:
Using a towel or a strap, extend your arms behind your back and pull the strap taut to stretch gently across the chest and front of the shoulders. If accessible, walk your hands closer together for a deeper opening