When you unconsciously clench your shoulders in some manner. Gripped up, pushed down, squeezed together, lazily rolled forward.
Beware: where your shoulders go, your head often follows. Neck and/or upper back pain? Look at the shoulders.
Start creating awareness of where you hold your shoulders, which are often the place we store a lot of stress. You can often tell much about a person's psychoemotional state based on their shoulder positioning 😎
Just be careful. It isn’t about moving out of one gripped position to another one in an effort to align better, but more about creating awareness of your alignment habits and learning what does and does not serve you. The act of sitting taller through the crown (not the top) of your head is sometimes enough to get things stacked better and relieve some tension. It is easy to do and you can do it anywhere. Even in the car. By the way, bucket seats are slowly destroying our bodies in my opinion!
Un-gripping one area may reveal tightness in another area. That’s okay, and even expected. Take the hint and maybe start to give those things some air time.
Runner, lifter of children, PTA, CPT, PCES, pelvic health zealot