Scalene Stretch

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Who:

This stretch could be good for you if you often:

  • Crane your neck forward when working on a computer or something else in front of you
  • Experience stress
  • Breathe more with the upper part of your torso.
  • Hold your head at a particular angle such as when reading, talking on the phone, or working with machinery Continue reading
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Open Book Stretch

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This is a great stretch for the mid-back. So if you regularly feel tension or stiffness around your back, rib cage, or abdomen, try this out. Even if your torso region seems very flexible, this can still be a fun way to introduce more movement to a section of the spine that often ends up pretty stiff in today’s movement culture. Continue reading

Sitting in Chairs

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Most of us “know” that we ought to sit with “good posture,” but despite the ample opportunity for practice, we tend to allow ourselves to remain in more familiar positions, like crossing our legs and various forms of slouching. A couple reasons for this can be that we actually don’t know how we ought to sit differently, or it feels like too much effort to stay in good alignment for long especially when trying to concentrate on the task before us. If these excuses hold true for you as they have for me, then hopefully you will find some enlightenment in what I have to share. Continue reading

Getting a Grip

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We rely on our hands for so much. To underline how important they are, we need only recall a time when we had a broken wrist, cut on our hand, or even just a lightly sprained finger to see how changed every daily action becomes when we don’t have full function of our hands. From tying our shoes and brushing our hair to using tools and playing musical instruments, it’s obvious our hands are quite capable, so here’s a few ideas on how to keep them that way. Continue reading

Scapula Depressions

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Who:

This is an exercise that is great to do if you feel that you “carry” your stress in your shoulders. If you have tension in your upper to mid back, between your shoulder blades, or you do a lot of work with your arms in front of you, such as riding a bike, chopping vegetables, typing on a computer, holding a steering wheel, carrying a backpack, and photographing cats. Continue reading

Breathing the Right Message

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Breathing is such a critical part of life that people have written books about it, and some bodyworkers specialize solely in teaching people to breathe more fully and easily. But I’m just going to focus on a few aspects of breathing and how it plays a role in my massage work so far.

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