The upper back is an area that can be a big source of tension and even pain. We also have a fair amount of cultural baggage around the appropriate way to hold our upper back. Even in the Yoga world, we tend to favor a stiff and straight upper back above other shapes. But the upper back is capable of so much more, and I believe we suffer when we get locked in to a specific posture or expression.
In this practice, we explore the capacity of the upper back to generate movements, sensations and even emotions. We will use a somatic lesson adapted from Feldenkrais Method® supported by familiar Yin Poses. Your upper back and neck will really benefit from this practice.
If you often have pain in your upper back and/or neck, this is a lesson you should do often. I’ve borrowed a bit from a Feldenkrais Method® Lesson and added some elements that have helped my clients. Improving awareness through movement and attention is an effective way to unravel persistent pain in these areas.
Strength for the Upper Back
This practice combines Vinyasa, body weight training and peices of a Feldenkrais Method® lesson. Our neglected upper back (thoracic region) will get some much deserved attention as we work on both physical strength and neuromuscular education. The result is a feeling of profound integration and easeful posture.
Mobility Drill: Upper Thoracic Differentiation
If you suffer from a tight neck, aching shoulders and upper back, this is a go to mobility drill. Often we get locked up and stuck in the upper back. This mobility drill is designed to restore the supple freedom we need in the thoracic spine to move well and feel good.
Pelvic Floor Breathing in Childs Pose
Working with this breath technique in childs pose adds another layer of difficulty. So it’s a nice practice to progress to for continued improvement of hip, groin, low back and SIJ issues.