Relax Your Shoulders At Your Desk with Coronal Arm Circles
While sometimes it seems that the only way in which we may free ourselves from this exquisite suffering would involve hundreds of dollars worth of massages and spa treatments, plus private Yoga and Pilates classes, there are some quick, easy, and inexpensive alternatives.
Heck, you needn’t even leave the shackles of your office chair for this shoulder-relaxing Pilates exercise! Allow me to introduce you to Coronal Arm Circles.
- Sit upright in your chair (or cross-legged on a mat or the floor... or standing- whatever suits your fancy) with the crown of your head extending toward your ceiling and the base of your scull, you shoulder blades, the bottom/back of your ribcage, and your sacrum in alignment (in English: sit up straight!)
- Bring your arms into a cactus or goal post position with your elbows bent and your fingertips extending toward the ceiling
- Bring your arms into the coronal plane- this means that instead of having your elbows jutting out to your aides, you have them within your peripheral vision- it should feel natural and not forced
Now comes the movement, which is all in the shoulder blades:
- Draw your shoulder blades down
- Draw them together, still in the down position
- Keeping them together, draw them up (this is that tense, unhappy position in which we usually find ourselves after hours of involved office-warfare)
- Keeping them up, draw them apart
- Keeping them apart, draw them down (this is where we want to be, and where we naturally find ourselves when relaxed and comfortable)
- Repeat 8-10 times
Why This Works
After doing a couple of these, the idea is that you can become once again aware of how your posture affects your breathing, blood flow, and general comfort. The point is to also shift yourself from keeping your shoulder blades tense, together, and elevated to a position in which your shoulder blades are more relaxed, low, and separated.
I do hope this helps. Enjoy!