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Breathe Into your Low Ribs

  1. Lissa Michalak Admin · 5 hrs ·Buffer

When you breathe into your lower rib cage, you move ribs 10-12. ✅And ribs 10-12 are important places for muscles to attach, including: 👉 The diaphragm 👉 The psoas 👉 The quadratus lumborum (QL)All 3 of these are hard to stretch when the back is in spasm-- most QL stretches you'll see involve side bending, which puts weight on the QL as well as length, and aren't appropriate for someone with a limited ROM, weak QL muscles, or who is in serious pain. 🙀But by bringing awareness and breath to the area, you can also bring gentle movement and stretching, even if a client doesn't have much range of motion in the lower back. 😻So the next time someone needs motion through their quadratus lumborum., but isn't ready for side-bend stretches, try using the breath to move the QL from the upper attachment. 💪Your client will be surprised at how effective that "one little breathing exercise" was!🌈(Like this? Get more anatomical gems in our LIVE CLASS March 21-22 in NYC: sign up here before we close registration:

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