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Solving the Shlump – Tiffany’s Teaching Tip

written by Tiffany Mortimer, Pure Pilates Instructor

You’re sitting at your desk most of the day or driving kids around now that school is back in session and then you come to your Pilates class and find that you are struggling with arm circles or even reaching your arms overhead.

When the chest and mid back are tight, the shoulders often roll forward and this impedes the range of motion and can make us feel stuck. To get things moving, start with a few shoulder rolls, emphasizing the up (shrug) and backward movement (pulling shoulder blades together).

To open the chest and fire the back give this a go:

Cross your arms in front of your body and feel the shoulder blades pull apart. Hold the reach forward and feel the stretch in the mid back.

Pull the elbows back in a rowing motion and squeeze the shoulder blades together.  Hold the squeeze for a few seconds.

Repeat this ten times.  Relax the shoulders and see if range of motion is improved!  It may take a while but keep at it, even when you are stuck at your desk.

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