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Observe: Wingspan

It seems that many people believe that their arms begin at the shoulder socket. They use their arms in this way and in doing so put a lot of stress on the shoulder.

The arm is actually like a wing with its most complete motion and strength coming from the structure and musculatures of the upper back and shoulder blades.

So today, I’d like you to think about how your shoulder blades work. How they support you in a plank or when you press into a wall, contracting towards each other and downward. If you spend a lot of time sitting, you may not be able to activate these muscles when you first start trying.

Keep at it, the quality of your movement as you age depends upon it.

Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay.  She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user.  Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker.  For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit

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