Serratus Anterior and the Inversion
Inversions take us into an arena that is separate from backbends, forward bends and twists. They shake us up by shifting perspective,posture and muscular coordination. By doing so, they create lightness.
to day as a homo sapiens As humans, most of our day has us in an upright position,
either in standing, sitting,
upside down shifts that. In an inverted position, the arms and hands work
like the legs and feet. Their role changes from one of gesture to one of weight-bearing.
The shoulder girdle functions as the pelvic girdle transferring the weight
of the body through to the arms and hands. The head becomes limited in its
range of motion, so rather than following visual distractions; the line of
sight becomes gently
Creating Strength without Crushing the Neck: Introducing the Serratus Anterior
Serratus Anterior is one of those magical muscles. Magical in that it has
an equal ability to add to or inhibit optimal functioning of the shoulder
girdle. When it is working in balance with the other postural muscles, inversions
like headstand, forearm stand and handstand are light, strong, and feel amazing.
When it is not, inversions can feel
serratus anterior is located in the area of the scapula and rib cage. Specifically,
it attaches to the medial border of the scapula where it connects fascially
with both the rhomboids and middle trapezius. From the medial border, the
serratus anterior travels under the scapula to the lateral side of the body,
hugging the rib cage and
How it works
serratus anterior directly affects the movement of the scapula. When the whole
serratus anterior contracts, it pulls the scapula into protraction, as if
the scapula was moving forward, under the arm pit.
What to do
is a simple exercise that is fun for exploring the functioning of the serratus
anterior. Before doing it, be aware that if you are contracted and weak in
your serratus anterior, there is a good possibility that more is going on
with your shoulder girdle. If you experience pain/strain in your neck, wrists
or elbows when doing any
Exploring the Serratus Anterior
On all fours, on your hands and knees. Connect and root through one hand. Raise the opposite arm, elbow straight toward your ear. Notice if your elbow bends or if you raise your torso into a twist or into another awkward movement. Only your arm ought to move. Explore for a few rounds and switch sides.
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