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Finding & massaging the scalenes using the thoracic triangle to release tension held in the shoulders

A really effective way of releasing tension held in our neck and shoulders is to locate and work on the scalenes.

The scalenes are a group of three pairs of muscles in the lateral neck; anterior scalene, middle scalenes and posterior scalene. They fan out from the sides of the neck and attach onto the ribs above the collarbone.

Chris, Principal of the Academy & Sports Massage Therapist, has put together some simple guidance on firstly locating the scalenes and then advancing onto massaging and releasing fascial tension from this area. I order to locate the scalenes we first identify the thoracic triangle as shown here...

Now that we have located the scalenes, let’s move onto some of the massage techniques we can use to unlock fascial tension here...