our lives can make us hurt
four simple tips
- Check your mobile I see so many people with neck pain caused or exacerbated by staring down at a mobile phone too much. This puts immense pressure on the ligaments at back of your neck. Try to remember to lift your phone up to eye level and text/read in that position. Ok, you may feel a bit silly to start with, but how about we start a movement that protects our necks? Soon everyone will be doing it!
- Don't rest your head Please never, ever, ever rest your chin on your hand when you are sitting at a computer or watching TV. Just ban yourself from doing it. You are completely crunching up the back of your neck and restricting the flow of vital fluid to your brain. You are setting yourself up for pain. There is nothing good about this position.
- Stand tall When you are sitting or standing, try to imagine a piece of string attached to the highest point of your head. Imagine that it is being pulled up lightly lifting you tall and straight. If you make this a habit, eventually it will become second nature. You will feel more energised as you won't be squashing your vital organs. You will feel more confident and positive (don't believe me just try sitting up straight and tall and then slouch down - how different do you feel?). You will feel less stiff and sore.
- Open your heart So many of us have rounded shoulders as we slump forward and our pectoral (chest) muscles shorten, pulling our shoulders in. Counter that by remembering to lift and press the centre of your chest forward. Muscles lengthen gradually so forcing our shoulders back sharply won't have any benefit. Make it a slow, respectful and delicious stretch whenever you remember.
how does amatsu help?
As importantly though, many of my clients also comment that my observations of their body or reminders about lifestyle factors have been a key factor in helping them to recover. They go back into their life more conscious of how they are moving and more aware of bad habits they might slip back into and this is key to ongoing change and improvement. One of my clients, Isabel said in chatting to Lorna as she worked on me, I re-connected with all the messages I'd had from physio and doctors over the years, and realised I had slipped into bad choices. And to me, this defines what the holistic approach really means- a broad perspective considering all of the things that might be done... Amatsu with Lorna gave me this wider view that I just wasn't reaching on my own,
If you feel as though you need some help to get back on track, please hit reply now and we can discuss the best options for you.