21 Scapula Stretch

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This technique massages the muscles under the scapula (subscapularis, serratus anterior) which normally don’t get worked on.

This is a good mobilization technique for the shoulder girdle.


Be sure to keep your clients arm over their head while doing this technique. This will stretch the pecs in front and press the scapula into the ribs, massaging the subscapularis and serratus anterior more effectively. It will also feel firmer to your client. If you don’t have their arm overhead you may get them to slap their face. Maintain proper draping by holding the drape with the heel of your hand on the axillary border of the scapula.


Have client lying on side with arm overhead.

Face client’s feet, your inside arm hooked under their arm so that it supports their arm, heel of your hand pressing on the superior border of the scapula, fingers hooked on medial border of scapula.

With outside hand press into axillary border of the scapula and hook your fingers on the medial border of the scapula. You should now have the scapula held on all 3 sides.

Do a complete range of motion moving the scapula over the ribs, keeping your client’s arm overhead.

Related Techniques

Scapula Twist
Soft Tissue Release - Rhomboids
Rhomboserratus Rock


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