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 rib cage.
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.