Finding Your Shoulder Freedom

September 22, 2021

Your shoulders are a key to a sense of feeling really free. That feeling of feeling light and free, even when things are stressful. Or maybe your body knows the stress but your mind thinks, “Ah, no big deal, I’m fine.”

To feel free, your ribcage really needs to move easily, so that your lungs can take in, freely, all the good fresh air they could want. If your lungs can’t do that, that might leave you feeling tired, overworked, anxious, depressed, to name a few. And your muscles will have to work harder than they would like to. Which can lead to fatigue or otherwise feeling ‘overworked’.

So the shoulders are a good place to start cultivating this sense of freedom. Watch the video below and then leave a comment to share your experience of how it feels for you.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

marilyn sabold September 22, 2021 at 6:24 pm

i feel more relaxed now that i have breathed and opened them up. Thanks

Rob Brooks September 22, 2021 at 7:52 pm

Good exercise. Thank you. In my struggle with PTSD I really learned the value of deep breathing to restore emotional balance. This adds an extra dimension.

susie kowalczyk September 22, 2021 at 8:06 pm

Great exercise! After a long day of making candles and extracting honey I was pretty tight in the shoulders.
Did the exercise and noticed a lot of difference–way more relaxed now!

Cathy September 23, 2021 at 9:59 am

Between this and the Wise Owl I feel better all over this morning. Thank you, Jason!

Jason September 23, 2021 at 10:07 am

So great to hear, Susie. I’m still amazed at how effective but a few minutes of this kind of thing works.

Jason September 23, 2021 at 10:08 am

Glad to hear that, Rob. This exercise is based upon qigong principles, which has a known history for being helpful with PTSD.

Jason September 23, 2021 at 10:10 am

Thanks for sharing your experience, Marilyn. I still think it’s pretty cool how such simple movements can work so well.

Jason September 23, 2021 at 10:22 am

Thanks, Cathy. Yes, those two movements go well together.

Connie Rowe September 23, 2021 at 4:26 pm

This is very helpful for me, as I am a naturally tense person. Thanks, Jason!!

Susan Crampton October 3, 2021 at 4:58 pm

: )

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: