Riddle of the Sphinx

How to Move Your "Dead Zone"

Physiologists who have studied the biomechanics of the spine call the tight little area between your shoulder blades "the dead zone,” it gets so little movement. Here’s an easy-to-do yoga posture that breathes new life into that troublesome area.

First, lie on your stomach and rise up on both elbows, forearms on the ground, elbows directly beneath your shoulders. Look a little down between your hands. Pull your shoulders wide, then bring the blades closer together, so your mid-back drops. Tuck your chin toward the neck and pull your head directly backwards. Feel the stretch in the dead zone and upper back. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Relax and repeat 10-15 times. Try again sitting on your heels, with your hands flat on the floor in front of the knees. For a little extra, with your head in its drawn back position, tilt your head directly to the side. Listen to the secrets your vertebrae are whispering – they will improve your life!

Awakening the Spine: The Stress-Free New Yoga that Works with the Body to Restore Health, Vitality and Energy


Anonymous commented on 29-Nov-2009 09:14 PM2 out of 5 stars

I love this information, but it would of been great to see a photo of pose.

Yogamint Crew commented on 30-Nov-2009 09:17 AM3 out of 5 stars

For a good image and more in-depth instructions you can go to the Yoga Journal website at

Julie Anna Levesque commented on 07-Dec-2009 03:23 PM5 out of 5 stars

It was so helpful that I could visually feel it!? Thank you, it was just what I needed!

Anonymous commented on 20-Jan-2011 01:10 PM3 out of 5 stars

ahhh! nice!

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