The wall angels exercise is an incredibly useful tool to use for helping with opening up your shoulders and chest, and teaching proper motion of the shoulder joint. Check out the following video and bulleted points to ensure you’re maximizing benefits and minimizing risks!

  • Start with your back and head against a wall, feet about 6 inches off the wall.
  • Maintaining neutral lumbar spine, flatten your upper back and head against the wall. Bring arms up on your side with elbows bent in a “W” position.
  • While maintaining your elbows flat against the wall, slowly raise your arms upwards, while maintaining your ribcage tight and down.
  • Perform a snow angel, while maintaining your forearms against the wall, and working to keep your wrists against the wall throughout the exercise.
  • Slowly lower your arms and repeat exercise with no rest in between.

This is an exercise that many people can benefit from, especially those with upper trapezius dominance, upper crossed syndrome, and tight chest muscles. It teaches the lower trapezius muscle to activate appropriately with shoulder movement, and it helps activate the posterior shoulder and upper back muscles appropriately, ultimately providing better mechanics through the entire shoulder girdle.