Quick Tip: Variations on the Bruegger’s Stretch

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

So, let’s say you understand what causes Upper Crossed Syndrome, and how to prevent it by setting yourself up properly at a desk. What’s next? Now it’s time to start strengthening and activating the muscles in your back that have gone into hibernation. This week we have two Quick Tip videos to help you counteract all that forward leaning you do. We think Scott looks like a penguin when he does the first one, but we love him anyways, and you probably will too when you incorporate this stretch into your routine!

In this first video you’ll find the basic Bruegger’s stretch, which is super simple. Just make sure to address all the points of alignment that Scott mentions: shoulders down and back, arms externally rotated, chin in, and head straight. It doesn’t look like there’s much going on here, but if you are a deskworker, you may be surprised at how much sensation you feel in this posture.

In the second video Scott shows you how to use a resistance band to try out some variations of the Bruegger’s. Try all these iterations out and you should start to see your posture changing over time. Let us know which is your favorite, and how it’s working for you!