The Doorway Stretch

Our muscles tend to tighten throughout the day due to environmental and emotional stresses. Taking time to stretch reminds your body of its full capacity of movement and therefore staves off the effects of limited movement we associate with “aging”.

Tension in your chest can cause discomfort in your upper back, neck, and down your arms into your forearms and wrists. This is a gentle and effective way to stretch your upper and mid pectoral muscles in your chest, offering you relief from discomfort in these areas.

Find an open doorway. Step with your feet just behind the threshold and place your hands on the woodwork of the doorway at shoulder height. Gently lean into the doorway until you feel a slight stretch.

Hold this stretch for either 2 seconds or for a cycle of 5 breaths depending upon the recommendation of your therapist, and the messages your body gives you. A stretch should never hurt. Pain creates a protective response that causes your muscles to shorten. Repeat with your hands at different heights in the doorway just above or below your shoulder height. Explore what feels good, and listen to the messages of your body.