Tips for Neck and Shoulder Care Between Massage Appointments
June 25, 2017
People with neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Work, play and children all make demands on the body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain especially while folding laundry, doing yard work, playing on the computer or any of the other million things you do.
What can you do between professional massage appointments to take the edge off neck and shoulder pain? Here are some ideas.
Take a Break
Take short breaks as often as you can if you sit at a computer all day. Move your shoulders around and s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Ideally you can get up and move around a bit. But even if you're chained to the desk, you can rock out a little Deskercise to stay loose.
Get the kids into it
Have a short yoga break together! There are plenty of videos made especially for kids, and the moves are just as beneficial for adults. Bonus: got a little one averse to naptime? Try the lying-down postures here and maybe you'll get a short break.
Just 10-15 minutes of heat on your shoulders can make a huge difference in how your tissue moves and...
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9 Easy Ways to Be Kind to Humankind
August 10, 2015
The last week of August has been dubbed Be Kind to Humankind Week. I decided to make a list of 9 out-of-the-norm (and some normal) ways to reach out and be kind to your fellow humans.
Randomly offer to help someone with a task. Rake their yard. Hoist their kayak onto their car. If you see someone bogged down with grocery sacks, offer to lighten their load. Chances are they’ll wave you off with a “no, thanks,” but no doubt the unexpected offer of help will be remembered.
Say thank you.
Crazy isn’t it? Two simple words can have a way of making someone’s day. I recently heard a story about someone who manned a drive-thru window, she said the amount of people who acknowledged her presence was minimal. As long as they got what they wanted, they didn’t even say a word or look her in the eye. A drive-thru window may seem like such a brief exchange, but it can still have an impact.
Be open to conversation.
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5 Reasons Why Camping Can Bring You Happiness
June 28, 2015
The Great Outdoors is not for everyone. It’s raw, dirty, and you're exposed to the elements. (And there are bugs. Oh, the bugs.)
No matter how rugged (or fancy) your outdoor adventure, there are qualities about camping we won't find elsewhere in one complete package. What could be better than that? If you’re a camping veteran, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re new to the scene, grab your backpack, you’re going to love this.
Since June is National Camping Month, and yes, I know it's almost over, I decided to give you five reasons why camping can bring you happiness:
As soon as you hit your campsite, it’s like time has been reset. Setting up your “new living space” can be a meditative process (unless you have small children). Cooking food over a fire forces you to slow down and the simple act of sleeping outside can bring about a symphony of sounds that even the best app can’t mimic.
This is by far the best thing about camping. It’s THE reason to go camping - even if you go alone. Quality time can come in many forms: hiking,...
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