with contributions by Keith Wittenstein. Special thanks to Sarah Court, Dinneen Viggiano and Trina Altman for editing and feedback
In the previous installments of this series, I discussed the anatomy and mechanics of healthy shoulder movement and how the cues we’ve been passed down (and pass along) do not always do a service to the biomechanics of the shoulder joint.
Here is a Yoga Tune Up® video teaching an upper back and shoulder blade self-massage using Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls. To help mobilize the shoulder blades, self-massage can be an extremely effective way to untangle trigger points and adhesions in the muscles and soft tissues to free up movement of the bones they attach to. It’s also an incredible way to alleviate those hard to reach knots and relax the echo chamber of mind-body tension that builds and reverberates in and around the levator scapulae and upper trapezius.