Should Women Pay More Attention to Their Pectoral Muscles?

Between my job as a writer and my large breasts, I’ve found that at the ripe age of 33 my posture is seriously not OK. I always knew this, but in the past few years, my shoulders have gone from slightly rounded to full-on forward. What’s more, everything—my neck, shoulders, and back—feels so tight. But I was never able to figure out the right stretch. Until I went to a yoga class one day, that is, where an instructor taught us a stretch (it went something like this) for the pectoralis majorus and minorus, AKA the pec major and minor.

The pec muscles, by the way, “are the two muscles that live on both the right and left sides of the body near the chest,” Derek Mikulski, C.S.C.S., C.P.T., founder of ActivMotion Bar, tells SELF. They lie beneath the breast tissue. “The pec major attaches at the middle of your collarbone and continues toward the midline of your body, all the way down into the lower sternum and breastbone area,” Mikulski adds. “If you put your hand over your heart, you’ll simulate the rough angle, shape and location of the pec major.”

Excerpted from Self

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