Keep your spine straight, your neck relaxed and your shoulders facing forward. Relax the tendons from your ears to your shoulders.
Place your fingers on top of your right shoulder. Slowly rotate your shoulder joint as if tracing a large circle in the air with the tip of your elbow. Inhale as your elbows move backwards and exhale when they move towards the front. Do five repetitions in one direction and then five in the reverse. Repeat with your other arm.
Now place your fingers on both shoulders. Slowly rotate both arms in a circular motion, stretching your elbows as far back as possible and trying to touch your elbows together in the front. Inhale as your elbows go backwards and exhale when they move towards the front. Do five repetitions in one direction and five more in the reverse.
- Opens the lungs and clears the lung meridians for easier, deeper breathing.
- Improves circulation in the shoulders and upper back.
- Relieves tension in the heart and lungs.
- Assists in breast milk production by stimulating proper functioning of the mammary glands.
- Can boost healing forces in the body.
- Leaves you feeling relaxed and open-minded.
Tension in the Upper Back
A large portion of your lung meridians run up your back on either side of the spine and down the outside of your arms to your thumb. When you are breathing easy, you will notice your posture is straight and relaxed. Conversely, when your breathing is erratic, you will find your back and shoulders are tense and your posture is diminished.
Women in particular tend to hold a lot of tension in their shoulders and upper back. This tension can lead to exhaustion, constipation, and irritability. According to ancient eastern teachings, the lungs are intrinsically linked to the large intestines, meaning the more relaxed your breath is, the easier you will digest your food and absorb its nutrients. The shoulder rotation exercise will dramatically ease your daily stresses and help you let go of waste in your body.