Do you carry all your stress in your neck and shoulders? If you do, you’re in good company. It’s very common for people to overly tense the muscles in the neck and shoulders when they’re under a lot of stress. My massage therapist even has a special name for that area: the coat hanger. Continue reading “Find the Floor”
Many years ago, a doctor said four words to me. I’ve never forgotten them. Continue reading “REST is Not a Four Letter Word”
If you Google “pillars of health” you’ll find lots of lists. The 3 pillars of health—good nutrition, exercise, and sleep—are joined by the 4 pillars of health, the 5 pillars of health, and even the 6 pillars of health. But nowhere in these lists is posture mentioned as one of the pillars. I did find it in one of the lists under “active lifestyle” along with a myriad of other things.
As a professional in a field that deals with postural education, I’m not surprised in the least. Posture is typically overlooked as a contributing factor in things from back pain and breathing to digestion and headaches. Continue reading “Posture Tip #1: Keep Your Head in the Game”
For most of your life you probably never thought much about bending over. You just did it. Yet as you’re getting older you may find yourself avoiding doing certain activities because they involve too much bending and it’s “hard on your back”. I don’t think it has to be. Continue reading “3 Tips for Bending Without Breaking Your Back”
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit last spring, I’ve been leading a group of students virtually once a week through an Alexander Technique based self-care practice called Constructive Rest. Until recently I’d forgotten to start with something very important. Last week I remembered and started our practice by simply congratulating them for showing up. For taking the time to take care of themselves. Continue reading “Self-Care is Easy. This is Hard.”