Scapular Retraction Exercise

Though official Shoulder Week is over, we’re not moving too far away from it yet. Today’s exercise works your rhomboids, levator scapulae, and the middle fibres of your trapezius.

Sit on the floor with your legs extended, and loop the middle of the dynaband around your feet. Cross the band, and hold on to the ends with palms facing down and elbows out.

Denise demonstrating a Scapular Retraction

Retract the scapulae as you pull back, stretching the band.

Denise demonstrating the second step of a Scapular Retraction, pulling back on the band

The scapular retraction exercise helps strengthen your upper back and help maintain good posture and shoulder function.

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 receive 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.