Alignment Snacks: Can't Get Enough of Shoulders

Katy Bowman
Year Released: 2013

Categories: Athletic Stretch , Instructional / How To Videos , Special Health Conditions

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Can't Get Enough of Shoulders is one of the "Alignment Snacks" videos that instructor Katy Bowman has available on her web site, Restorative Exercise. These are downloads that cost $5 each and run 25-35 minutes in length. However, Can't Get Enough of Shoulders is actually available to preview for FREE in its entirety here:

Before purchasing any of the snacks, I would recommend trying this one to see if you like Katy's style of teaching. These videos, which are very low key, featuring Katy teaching alone in front of an unseen class, are part teaching about the body and movement, part part practice.

Katy begins this snack on all fours (she suggests several modifications if needed) for rhomboid push-ups. She does three total rounds, coming to seated in-between each round to stretch the shoulders, using a slightly different variation each time. Next, she has you sit cross-legged on a block on cushion, wrap your arms around to hold the scapula, and then stretch the shoulders/triceps. Coming to a v-sit position, you'll do a slight forward lean, and then you'll return to a cross-legged position. This time, Katy emphasizes stretching the shoulders while keeping the shoulder blades on the back--interesting! She does the same thing with the rotation of the arm, including rotating the forearms without moving the upper arm. Katy also adds a neck stretch in here. (Although this is a "shoulder" snack, the snacks don't isolate just one part of the body.)

After another v-sit, Katy comes into a butterfly or cobbler's position with the legs for more work moving the shoulders without involving the scapula. You'll cross your legs again for several interesting stretches to finish. Katy has you practice internal rotation while softening your scapula at the same time; you'll also place an arm behind your back without "winging" your scapula.

I get a lot of tightness and pain in my shoulders/upper back, and that area definitely felt better after I tried this snack. Another VFer, Shawn, really liked the other shoulder snack, Everybody Needs a Little Shoulder Bolster, so I plan to try that one next.

Instructor Comments:
As noted, Katy is very low-key. I understand that she was less than 2 months post-partum when she filmed this series and just getting back into exercise. I find her ways of explaining things and of thinking about the body to be interesting and different.

Beth C (aka toaster)