Exercise of the Day: Resisted Shoulder Abduction

Shoulder Horizontal Abduction Exercise

Today and tomorrow, we’re presenting two very important exercises for massage therapists. The first installment is a resisted shoulder horizontal abduction (or A-B-duction, as our students often carefully pronounce it) with the dynaband:
Start by holding your arms abducted to 90°, with one end of the band in each hand.

Denise demonstrating Resisted Shoulder Abduction, picture one.

With your elbows extended, horizontally abduct the shoulders along the transverse plane (ie, keeping your arms parallel to the ground, bring your arms out to your sides):

Denise demonstrating Resisted Shoulder Abduction, picture two.

Hold this position for at least 5-10 seconds, and do 15+ reps, or until fatigue. We recommend doing this one 3x/week.

The resisted shoulder horizontal abduction is great for RMTs, because it helps balance the strength in your shoulder complex by keeping posterior shoulder and upper back muscles strong.

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. Vicars students recieve training in remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.