We've made it to 2021! It may be a little premature, but I'm celebrating. I think there's reason to be optimistic - vaccines are rolling out, the days are getting slightly longer, and as of December 2020, I've been practicing massage therapy for 10 years! I honestly never thought I'd make it this far. I think when I started practicing at 27, I couldn't even imagine living this long! You, my amazing clients, are the only reason I've been able to keep working, and I'm so grateful! I can't wait to throw a huge party to celebrate - it might be an 11th anniversary party in 2022, but I'm okay with that. So let's keep on keeping on, find joy where we can, and keep reminding ourselves that the way we're living right now is temporary. We will reach a point when we can freely embrace our friends, laugh with them over glasses of wine on a Friday night, and hug a stranger. Until then, we can keep ourselves healthy and feeling well with massage therapy, some lovely stretches and comforting recipes.
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Touch the Sky
Starting with the simplest movement: Take a deep breath, pull your belly button in to your spine to activate your abs, and raise your arms up over your head. Really stretch up and try to touch the sky. Clasp your hands together, turn your palms up, and give your hands and forearms a little stretch too. We usually naturally look up while we do this, and that's a nice stretch for the front of the neck as well.
Keeping your abs pulled in, stretch one arm up and over your head, stretching the side of the body. You can tip a little to the side, but try not to tip too far (don't be a teapot.) Repeat on the other arm.
Grasp either your arm rests or the bottom of your chair, and gently twist your upper body, as if you were trying to look behind yourself. The majority of your motion is going to be at the rib cage, so don't try to force your lower back to twist too much (that could cause pain.) Gently return to center and spin to the other side.
Sitting Glute Stretch
This one is a little easier if your chair doesn't have armrests, but if it does, you can just scoot toward the edge of your chair. Cross your legs, placing one ankle on the other knee. This should already stretch your glutes, but to increase the stretch, gently push your raised knee down, straightening your lower leg parallel to the floor. You can also lean forward a bit to get different parts of the hip involved. Repeat on the other leg.
Captain of Industry
No one is watching at your home office, so put those feet up on your desk! Actually, just put up one leg first, and gently try to reach and touch your toes. It's ok if you can't - just intending to reach is enough of a stretch. If you can reach your toes, give them a little pull to stretch your calf as well. This works best if your desk isn't too high, as that can put a little too much pressure on your lower back. Repeat on both legs.
Shoulder and Neck Stretch
The traps and neck usually cause the biggest pain in a desk worker. This is the best way to stretch that area. Hold on to the edge of your chair with one hand, and lean your body a little in the opposite direction. Let your head fall to that opposite side, trying to make your opposite ear touch your opposite shoulder. Keep your arm stable, focusing on pulling your ear away from that arm. Repeat on that other side. It's almost always true that one side is worse that the other, so feel free to stretch one side more frequently, or hold one side for longer.
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We're all still busy, right? But prioritizing ourselves is important, even if it's only for half an hour. Mention this offer any time in February or March, and book a 30 minute session for only $40 - Save $10! It's a good way to make yourself feel great on your lunch hour!