This posterior shoulder stretch is one of my personal favourites. It’s easy to fit into your day—I’ll often do it along with a few neck rolls (or lateral flexor and rotator stretches) when I’m sitting at my desk or waiting for the kettle to boil for a cup of afternoon tea. It helps to “wake up” my body after I’ve been sitting and typing for long periods. 

 

Holding your back comfortably upright, adduct one arm along the transverse plane (parallel to the floor to us non-RMTs!) at shoulder height. With the opposite hand, apply pressure at the elbow.

Denise demonstrating a shoulder range of motion technique.

Breathe deeply while you hold this one, and repeat with the other arm. Then enjoy your tea 😉

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.