Office Pilates–Rib Cage Isolation

This exercise is a little like last week’s exercise where you isolated the hip joint, except it’s a little more challenging to isolate the rib cage. The range of motion is a lot smaller too. As always, if you tend to stand a lot at work have a seat for this and if you tend to sit go ahead and stand.

  • Let your hands rest on your hips, stand (or sit) up nice and tall, legs hip distance apart.

  • Start by trying to rock you ribcage from side to side. Your shoulders will probably move with you, but try not to let your hips come with you. It’s not a big motion.

  • Then rock your rib cage from front to back, again, focus on stabilizing the hips.

  • Just like last week, try to make little circles with just your rib cage. Reverse the direction.
  • Cycle through the three directions for five minutes, breathing deeply the entire time.

Then it’s time to head back to work, hopefully a little more refreshed!


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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