Feldenkrais Exercises for the Chest and Ribs

Feldenkrais exercises for the chest and ribs

Is it a “Rib Cage” or a “Rib Basket?”

We often call the chest and ribs the “rib cage.” But the truth is it’s not a good metaphor. A cage is rigid and inflexible. Even though the ribs and chest have tremendous potential for movement, most of us only use a fraction of their ability.

The ribs connect to the vertebrae via facet joints, which can move in nearly any direction. They connect to the sternum (the flat bone down the middle of your chest) via cartilage, a flexible plastic-like material. These connections mean that the ribs and chest have an incredible ability to move in many ways and in many combinations. So, in that way, it’s much more like a rib basket, than a ribcage.

Problems develop in the chest and ribs from a lack of awareness and our limiting habits. These old habits can result in pain in the chest, the upper back, the area around the shoulder blades, the neck, stiffness in bending or turning, and poor breathing habits.

So you can imagine if you enrich your habits and clarify the image of your chest and ribs that these limitations can resolve. That’s what this product list is all about. These Feldenkrais exercises will teach you to sense your chest and ribs accurately. You will learn to move them in ways that reduce or eliminate pain while improving ease of movement and overall comfort in your life.

Select Feldenkrais Exercises for the Chest and Ribs

Al Wadleigh

Self Hug

$9.00

A fun lesson improving your ability to turn and rotate. Separating out parts of yourself, by constraining certain ones and moving others. You will experience greater ease in movement, your turning will improve, and you will experience length through your spine. Author: Al Wadleigh
Media: MP3 Download, 1 Feldenkrais Lesson

$9.00


This lesson creates a powerful ease and openness through the entire chest and back. Movements of the spine through the chest help to differentiate ribs and vertebra.

$45.00

AuthorRobert Burgess
Media: Book, Wire Bound, 130 Pages, 50 Feldenkrais Lessons

$9.00

A fascinating lesson that explores breathing and the chest from the inside out by directing attention and movement into the various lobes of the lungs.

CDs and MP3 Downloads

A Healthy Back

$16.95

Author: Jack Heggie
Media: 1 CD in a Binder or MP3 Download, 4 Feldenkrais Lessons

MP3
$28.00

Author: Arlyn Zones
Media: MP3 Download, 3 Feldenkrais Lessons

MP3
$38.00

Author: Arlyn Zones
Media: MP3 Download, 4 Feldenkrais Lessons

$9.00


Your breath is developed into four parts and coordinated with the rhythmical movements of your hand or fingers. Be ready for a surprise or two!

MP3

CDs and MP3 Downloads

Easy Hands and Arms, vol. 1

$27.00

Author: Cliff Smyth
Media: MP3 Download, 4 Feldenkrais Lessons

$9.00


This lesson cultivates a twist through the torso coordinating the flexors and extensors. Alternately expanding the chest and abdomen improves the twisting.

MP3
$79.95

Author: Alice Brydges
Media: MP3 Download, 12 Feldenkrais Lessons, 48-page PDF booklet

MP3

CDs and MP3 Downloads

Easy Hands and Arms, vol. 2

$27.00

Author: Cliff Smyth
Media: MP3 Download, 4 Feldenkrais Lessons