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.
i feel more relaxed now that i have breathed and opened them up. Thanks
Thanks for sharing your experience, Marilyn. I still think it’s pretty cool how such simple movements can work so well.
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.
Glad to hear that, Rob. This exercise is based upon qigong principles, which has a known history for being helpful with PTSD.
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!
So great to hear, Susie. I’m still amazed at how effective but a few minutes of this kind of thing works.
Between this and the Wise Owl I feel better all over this morning. Thank you, Jason!
Thanks, Cathy. Yes, those two movements go well together.
This is very helpful for me, as I am a naturally tense person. Thanks, Jason!!