By Lead Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainer, Renae Stevens
In the Aerial Educate Series, Renae explores how the aerial yoga hammock can improve both shoulder and thoracic mobility
Aerial exercises can target the shoulders and thoracic spine for reduced risk of injury and increased mobility
When we lack a balance in shoulder or thoracic mobility or stability, we are at risk of creating movement compensations that place strain on other muscle groups and structures. The sagittal balance of the spine is formed by four curves: the cervical lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis and the flexed sacral curve. Changes in the distribution of curvature can increase dynamic loads on segmental regions of the spine and influence our shoulder mobility.
Avoid thoracic kyphosis or rounded upper back
The most common presentation in Western populations is an increased thoracic kyphosis. This is also known as a rounded upper back, and is often related to ‘forward head and shoulder’ posture. This condition can cause more stress in the neck, lower back and also the shoulder. It is therefore, such an important area to address in any therapeutic care for the spine and upper limb.