Open Your Chest Up For Confidence
The way I see it, different body parts influence a different reality.
We have two essential things that change us, number one how we use our bodies and two how we use our mind which leads to how we view our internal selves, our true selves, living with awareness and self love. You’re probably saying what’s this got to do with an article on opening up the chest? There are three areas in our body hold the most stress and so if you strengthen and release the tension in them you get the best of yourself mentally and physically. The three areas are the chest, the trapezius and the glutes. The trapezius tensions tend to come from physical stress using the body, tensing up and getting anxious in front of others. The chest tends to be more to do with our emotions to ourselves and to others and more to do with how we relate to ourselves and others. The glutes store tension from both the body and the emotions but thats an article for another day.
Chest opening will usually require the shoulders to loosen up to and the shoulders move in circular motion. The other muscle that really helps open up and works synchronistically is the tricep, which gets its deepest stretch and utilisation from the lockout and lengthening and strengthening of the arm. The best stretches for the chest come from circular motions and locked out positions.
My favourites are the shoulder dislocates, the arm rolls with locked arms close to a wall, the crucifix stretch and bridges with two arms, one arm or utilizing the wall. The other exercise I love and rarely see done is using a hex bar deadlift to a hex bar lift and stand up tall at the end of the motion, hold it there lift up the chest and pull your shoulder blades back at the top. The heavier the weight the deeper and the more intense the diaphragm will work, and that is very good because that creates deep, powerful breathing which will help you feel deep and powerful.
The stretches above and mentioned require more of a fluid and consistent and smoother breathing which will teach you in social and business situations to breathe calmer and therefore be smoother and calmer around people. Try these out and include these in your workouts and least three times a week and take the breathing patterns you learn from your exercise and put them into your real life with yourself and with others in personal and business situations and you will feel more self assured, more self loving, more powerful, more congruent and smoother. Enjoy.