Tension in the underarm area can reduce our lymph function, affecting our immunity, and limit our shoulder range of motion. Don’t get excited that you get to tickle your partner – this is not what it’s about. But if you do have a ticklish partner, consider that you will need your work to be firm and intentional – lighter, hesitant touch only leads to more tickle. Tickles aside, this area gets very little attention and may have your partner saying “Holy Moly!” in no time at all, so be gentle and be aware of your partner’s reaction. As their underarm tension dissolves, they will come to love this pose even more.
This can be an awkward pose for the giver. Be patient. Practice. As you learn how to use both your own and your partner’s body proportions to your advantage, it will get easier.
How to do the Scapular Roll to release underarm tension:
- With your partner lying on their side, bring the front of your bottom thigh to your
partner’s shoulder blade as you face their body.
- Step your top foot into a lunge with your top thigh positioned over their head. Your foot will be positioned in front and above their head.
- Stretch their top arm over your top thigh and hold it there, stretching the side body, gently. I like to use my torso to pin the arm to the thigh.
- Use your bottom arm to forearm roll the lateral aspect of the shoulder blade from the underarm to just below the base of the shoulderblade.
Benefits: Improves range of motion for the side body and shoulder.
Cautions: This area can be both very ticklish and very sensitive.
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