Diastasis Detective Program

Module 1: Intro

EXERCISE OF DISCOVERY (are you a rib lifter?)


Try this yourself:

  • Stand up in the best possible alignment, thinking about your feet, knees, hips, shoulders and neck
  • Now, place your palms on the front of your ribs and lift the rib cage up and out in front of you.

Try breathing into your rib cage with the ribs lifted.

Nice deep breaths in through the nose, and out through the mouth.

Now drop your rib cage all the way down at the front of your body so it sits in line with the pelvis (you might feel slightly rounded shouldered here and that’s ok) and try the same breathing exercise again.

Did you find it hard to breathe deeply and fully into the thoracic cavity with the ribs lifted?

That’s because when you lift your ribcage up (and many people do a hundred times a day) the space available has decreased in the thoracic cavity to which stops the ribs being able to open for breathing.

Have you sat down yet?


Would you mind standing up again and doing this:

  • Align yourself (arms at your sides) and make a conscious effort to ‘stand up straight’, then relax or walk around for bit and then….
  • Align yourself (hands dangling down again) and then ‘pull your shoulders back’

What happened to your ribs here?  Did they pop out in front of you, or lift up away from the pelvis below?

Can you see how these 2 incredibly cofmmon cues in the world of exercise instruction can be misinterpreted into thinking it’s good alignment, when it fact it’s actually not?

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