Drunk Anatomy

What time is it? It's Drunk Anatomy time, sweetheart chums!

This week, I want you to imagine it's cold (HA!) and you're wearing a cozy sweater while looking out a window all somber and contemplative. Because that's my current aesthetic and I want to share it with you--except also tipsy because regard the blog title, m'kay? I want you to feel really cool and cinematic, but not really at all because you're a mess.

Now that the vibe's been established, let's move on to why we're gathered together here today: muscles. More specifically, the supraspinatus! Why the supraspinatus? Firstly, because its sound fits with the aforementioned vibe (seriously, let's make a mix for it) and secondly, I do data entry and this thing keeps coming up! Initially, I was like, "Oh, sure, supraspinatus, totally." but now I'm just owning that I know diddley squat.

Give me the deets, where does it hang out? Who with? Dish, girl!

Look, you can't date a muscle. It's physically impossible unless you're dating a meathead jock-- hi-o! (Forgive me, I am an amalgam of every sassy movie sidekick ever.) The supraspinatus is a small strip of a muscle that starts at the corner of each shoulder and extends at a downward angle along the shoulder blades. It looks like two jumbo highlighters in your back!

Other know-worthy things: it's a rotator cuff muscle (totes exclusive, there's only four so yeah) and has a sister muscle in the infraspinatus muscle but they're tragically kept apart due to the unyielding scapula. At least I hope your scapula doesn't yield. That would be painful.

What's it up to?

Okay, I know we've been here before, but the supraspinatus is involved in arm movements at the shoulder. And yeah, what muscles isn't; however, finding out how many muscles work together to do something seemingly simple is inspirational, right? I think your answer will depend upon your level of inebriation and/or how easily swayed you are. Regardless, EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED AND COOPERATIVE.

The supraspinatus also anchors the humerus! See, something new and exciting.

Be gentle and sweet to your supraspinatus because it is ripe for tendonitis, which occurs from overuse (so...be aware of arm movements? Is that the take away here?).

And how do I go about being gentle and sweet to my supraspinatus?

Stretching the supraspinatus is a hard sell so you have to resort to the side deltoid stretch. If you're thinking, "The who what now?" then let me drop some fitness knowledge. The side deltoid stretch is an old favorite, everybody and their gym teacher knows this one. You hold your elbow to your chest, cup it firmly, protect it from the world for, like, 30 seconds and then let it go because there's no such thing as a free lunch.

But also get a deep tissue massage and get all stretched out by a professional!


Lindsay is the Office Superhero (check the business cards) at Mantis Massage. She knows essentially zilch about massage therapy other than that it feels real nice. Outside of random trivia, she has retained nothing from talking with the therapists re: anatomy. Lindsay might maybe possibly definitely be inebriated for these discussions, but who's to say?