You know that feeling when your shoulders are up to your ears and you feel like you haven't actually taken a breath in an hour? It usually accompanies stress and anxiety. Shallow, chest breathing overtaxes muscles like the pectoralis minor, scalenes and serratus anterior and posterior as they work to elevate the ribs on inhalation. If you're guilty of this habit, try breathing into your belly and imagine your ribs expanding laterally, anteriorly/posteriorly and superiorly.
Empowerment beyond the massage table...
As a bodyworker and teacher, I love helping to educate people about their bodies. I think our relationship to our bodies is vitally important to our mental health. This blog features a few tools, articles, and fun facts to help you empower your body :) -Emily