Bodywork that's more than skin deep

Massage therapy is just one part of a healing regimen. Yoga or daily stretching and breathing exercises are key elements in preventing injury, reducing stress and maintaining overall health. They extend the benefits of massage treatments! A balanced diet, exercise, plenty of water and laughter are also important aspects in a healthy lifestyle.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Stretch of the Day, Doorway

You may have noticed how easy it is to slouch at your desk. Your shoulders want to round forward, eventually causing the upper chest muscles to tighten up. You notice soreness in your upper arms and shoulders. The following is a great stretch for people who sit at a computer all day. It assists in stretching the front shoulder muscles and the Pecs. Regular execution of this stretch will improve your upper body posture and counteract the tendency to round your shoulders. The stretch also helps relieve upper back tension.

*Stand in a doorway.
*Raise arms with bent elbow so that triceps are parallel to the floor.
*Put one foot in front of the other.
*Exhale and lean forward, keeping your back straight. You should feel a good stretch in the upper arms and chest.
*Keep your head aligned with your spine. (Remember to keep your back straight!)
*Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.
*Breathe and gently release into the stretch.
*Repeat 2-5 times.
*Repeat 2-5 times daily.

This stretch really works, so do it often during your work day. You will feel relief.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Glute Stretch for Low-Back Relief

Lowback pain can often be a result of having tight glute muscles. The best way to keep your lower-back muscles happy is to keep your glutes flexible and healthy. The cross-legged stretch will help increase lower-back and hip (glute) flexibility.

*Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent.
*Bend your left leg and rest your ankle on your right quad (above your knee).
*Grab your right thigh with your hands and pull your right knee/left ankle towards you.
*Enjoy a yummy stretch on your left glute.