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Exercises to open the chest and intercostal muscles

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These last days I am focusing on exercises to open and stretch the chest area, the rib cage and the intercostal muscles. I want to open the channels, meridians and chakras of this area (B)), as I feel I have some deep tissue blockages there. I am doing several exercises, mainly consisting of opening the arms at the side to spread the chest. Can you share some good exercises/ideas to help remove blockages there? I link some of the exercises I am doing:

 

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In this video the first and the third exercise focus very well on chest opening. The third one is very good and similar to an exercise recommended by Charles Atlas.

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Also in the next video this beautiful woman does an exercise to open the chest.

 

The first exercise of ba duan jin

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In all these exercises we see the pattern of extending the arms in order to open and stretch the chest.

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How to open this tissue well? years of practice haven't ended the job

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The physical exercises are part of it. Then there is the mind, so do you feel a tendency to tense up? 

If so, that needs to be cleared out (completion and release). 

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Yes, i have a tendency to tense up my upper torso. A qigong master i had told me this some time ago

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Sure but i know i need exercises to open the tissue. I feel tightness in the area

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Here comes the over-the-counter tip: Pick any, probably doesn't matter. 

 

Followed by the advice: Consult someone who can help you find the root, and then choose exercises from that. 

 

Or, my favourite, take the time to immerse yourself in a good system. If it is good, it will probably work with all your issues, although in its time and not in the order you might prefer. 

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According to feldenkrais method doing eye exercises can help open the chest and torso. Incredible thing! Does anybody know something about this magic trick? @Zhongyongdaoist ?

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2 hours ago, Toni said:

According to feldenkrais method doing eye exercises can help open the chest and torso. Incredible thing! Does anybody know something about this magic trick? @Zhongyongdaoist ?

 

Use your eyes to read some funny things and have a good laugh also works.

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On 13.6.2020 at 12:20 AM, Toni said:

According to feldenkrais method doing eye exercises can help open the chest and torso. Incredible thing! Does anybody know something about this magic trick? @Zhongyongdaoist ?

 

Search for 'feldenkrais free mp3s' and do the exercises even if they are not related to the area you are targeting.

 

Another way is body scanning where you scan the body up and down. Search for 'Goenka body scanning' for the instructions.

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Treat the root rather than the branch. This is one of TCM'a main principles which many practitioners often forget.

 

In your particular case, what are you doing in your normal life that is causing you to tense your upper torso? Fix that and over time the problem will fade away.

 

 

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Does anyone have a link to Doc Morris's spider stretches? They might be what Toni is looking for.

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