Your shoulders and spine can become stiff and achy for a variety of reasons:
Sitting for long periods of time, an unbalanced exercise routine, stress, to name a few.
I started using yoga straps to improve shoulder range of motion a couple years ago. The addition to my morning warm up routine has offered me wonderful results. My shoulders and spine feel great!
Using straps can:
-warm up the body
-improve shoulder mobility
-minimize aches and pains in the shoulder region and side of the trunk
-help prevent shoulder and hip injury
Be mindful of the following:
*Keep tension on the straps throughout the exercises.
*Move with breath, do not hold your breath.
*Keep your navel drawn in toward your spine.
1. Front Raise Straps Overhead
10 reps– With feet grounded, shoulder width apart, slowly raise your arms overhead. Inhale as you raise your arms.
2. Shoulder Flossing
5 reps- With hands wider than shoulder width apart, reach straps as far over and behind your head as your shoulders will allow. Don’t force it, if you are able to reach your arms behind your head continue reaching. Keep your arms straight throughout. You can widen your hands or use a stretchy band.*Avoid holding your breath.*
3. Side Flexion
10 reps- Stand tall and hold the straps taught as you slowly side bend at the trunk. Ground your feet and hips as you reach. Breathe into the stretch.
4. Behind the back hold
60 sec. hold– With overhand and underhand grip, bring your hands as close together as possible. Breathe calmly.
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