Building strength and mobility in the muscles that stabilize the shoulder blades on the back of the rib cage will help you avoid strain through your neck and upper shoulders. It will also help create good movement at the shoulder joint.

In this video, Elizebeth Ellison, Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer, of the center in Marietta, Ga, teaches Angela Fowler the STOTT Pilates Shoulder Blade Stability and Mobility Principle and accompanying exercises.

Practice these exercises throughout the day to help your body explore how the shoulder blade an important moderator of proper shoulder movement.