Strong Safe Shoulders (Part 3): the Collar Bone and Ribs

Strong Safe Shoulders (Part 3): the Collar Bone and Ribs

Here is Part 3 (finally!) of my “Strong Safe Shoulders” trio of videos 🙂

In this video, you learn about how the collar bone (clavicle) and your ribs help you to “make shapes” with your upper torso.

How does this help your shoulders to be strong and safe??

This movement freedom allows you to find ways to carry your shoulders and your head with ease. It also lets you send the work through you to the big bones and muscles of your back and pelvis (instead of your neck, eh!). With this, along with what I covered in the first two “Strong Safe Shoulders” videos, you can feel Strong Like Ox – without feeling tight, sore or overworked. !!!

Your ribs are designed to be squooshy (that’s my technical term for it), not rigid. They are designed to do some folding and unfolding, and to work a bit like an accordion, or a fan that opens up and closes.

Your collar bones also move. The can help your arms and shoulders to spiral back and forward. They create the only bony connection between your shoulder girdle and the rest of your skeleton. And they join up with the shoulder blades (scapula) to create a remarkably pliable and effective yoke for your arm bones to hang and move from.

In this video, you will learn about all that, plus how to:
– reach forward with more ease and strength, and a further reach.
– roll over in bed in a fluid flowing way (rather than feeling like a clunky box)
– do a comfortable shoulder check, letting the collar bone and ribs help you, and
– use Everything (collar bone, ribs, shoulder blade, arms) to send the work (like carrying a tray of beer overhead) THROUGH you to the big bones and big muscles of the body and even to the ground – rather than sending the work into your neck. Eh. (Guess which way works better???) 🙂

I do want to note that the wee little bungie cords holding the skeleton’s left arm bone in its socket with the shoulder blade are regrettably lax, so his left arm falls out of its socket almost continuously. Ah well!! But that DOES give you the opportunity to see how shallow that socket is! (No wonder shoulder dislocations happen, eh!) Max the Skeleton is happy to report that he has since had new little bungie cords installed, and his arm is more firmly attached now for future videos 🙂

To find my other Strong Safe Shoulder videos, I published Part 1 (Shoulder Blade as a “chair” for your arm bone) in August 2017, and Part 2 (Move the work THROUGH, to make it easier) in September 2017. You can find both of them on my YouTube channel, and in my website blog posts.

Together, these videos explain things in a different way than you are likely to find elsewhere.

And this stuff works. Personally, it lets me lift canoes overhead, throw bales of hay, paddle whitewater, haul and chop wood, push things, pull things, and generally have the ease and strength I want for the things I do.

And this stuff has helped a lot of other people discover they are stronger than they thought, and that their shoulders can be BOTH strong and comfortable. Yay!!

As always, I invite you to have some fun exploring what works – for you. And as always, I encourage you to listen to your body and let your own body guide as as to whether something feels:
– Safe
– Reasonable, and
– Useful… to YOU.
(If it does all three of these things, your body will likely agree with doing more of it. If it does not, then change something… doing more of something that does not feel right in your body is a recipe for injury and unhappiness…!)

Only your own smart body can tell you what is a good fit, for YOU. 🙂

Happy Exploring –


About the Author:

Violet van Hees is a movement freedom specialist who works with people (and with horses) to release tightness and pain, and to transform body "stuckness" into something that you can work with. We then use what emerges to create new freedom and ease in your movement and in what you do, in ways that feel safe and reasonable - and that work - for you. Violet is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders. She works with a deep interest in and understanding of biomechanics, neuroplasticity, body response to trauma, energy work, and how we learn.

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