You know that spot at the top of your shoulder that is constantly filled with tension and in KNEAD of a massage?
The trapezius is large muscle of the upper back that runs from the base of the skull (the occiput), to the spine of the scapula and lateral most 1/3 of the clavicle, to the 12th thoracic vertebrae (at the very bottom of your rib cage). The upper fibers of the trapezius run in a diagonal direction from the base of your skull to your clavicle and scapula. Anytime your shoulders sneak up towards your ears on that stressful phone call, you pin your cell phone between your ear and shoulder, or find yourself carrying a heavy bag or purse over one shoulder, the upper most fibers of the trapezius will very loudly let you know.
The upper trapezius also has a habit of becoming a helper muscle – and attempting to compensate or assist almost every other muscle of your upper body, leaving it overworked, exhausted and quite unhappy!
Thankfully, there is a super easy Trapezius Tension Tamer that you can do at a wall. The wall is a great option if you are in a place where you can’t get down on the floor (at work or in an airport) or if the floor is too intense.
Grab a pair of any size of Roll Model Therapy Ball, head to the wall and check out the video below with Jill Miller on how to tame the tension of your upper trapezius!