Many of our daily activities have us spending a lot of time in a rounded forward position ie cell phone time, driving, computer work, cooking. Here is a great way to help release your thoracic spine & create some opening through your chest to counteract the rounded forward position.
You will need a foam roller for this release. In the video, I share how to use the foam roller for a great thoracic spine release. Below are written out bullets you can also use as a guide to follow.
1. Start with knees bent. Foam roller will be perpendicular to your spine.
2. Press into your feet to press the roller up & down your spine.
3. Go up & down the length of your thoracic spine at least 5 times.
Thoracic Release #2:
1. Lie on your back with your knees bent.
2. Place a foam roller under your thoracic spine/mid-back. The foam roller will not be along the entire length of the spine. Rather, it will start around your mid-back up into your head, so it is not contacting the low back.
3. When I do this, after the foam roller has been in a spot a while and my body has settled around it, I will move it up one vertebra, and then let my body settle again, then move it up again a bit, settle again, and continue on until I’ve done this through my entire thoracic vertebrae.
4. I suggest laying in this pose for at least 5 minutes.
This is one of my favorite releases to do. I hope you enjoy it too! Comment below with any questions or to share what you noticed when you did it.