Variation #6: Safe and Effective Lateral Arm Raises

Variation #6: Safe and Effective Lateral Arm Raises

Benefits of Side Sweeps

IMPROVES range of motion (ROM) and flexibility in shoulder joints.
IMPROVES agility with varied WEIGHT SHIFT and gentle bounce in all directions.
MOBILIZES shoulder joint with or without loading.
IMPROVES your balance especially in the backward step.
COORDINATES upper and lower body working together.
TEACHES correct initiation and use of space around the body.
TARGETS the intended muscle groups.
HYDRATES the many layers of fascia in chest, upper back and leg.

Practice Tips

LEARN the movement without loading or momentum; then LOAD PROGRESSIVELY to build muscle tissue while keeping form.
PRACTICE at a comfortable tempo while you learn the combination.
INITIATE each spatial change correctly. FOCUS on the hand, not the shoulder.
MAINTAIN an upright torso throughout.
SOFTEN knees throughout to improve stability.
USE A MIRROR to check that you are not raising your shoulders
COORDINATE upper and lower by BREATHING with the movement.

During the four arm movements, use two complete breaths.
FEEL the floor as you complete each weight shift.

More Movement Ideas to improve your use of the sequence
PLAY with the initiation to feel the difference between raising your shoulders or raising your hands.
NOTICE as the hands rotate, how the distal body part (hand) changes the way the proximal body part (shoulder) works–using distal movement in space to mobilize a proximal joint.
PRACTICE the movement while sitting if you’re unsteady on your feet.
LOWER YOUR ARMS if shoulder ROM is limited.