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5 Tips for Neck and Shoulder Care Between Massage Appointments

Self Care is not indulgence

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.

1.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.

2.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.

3.Heat it
Just 10-15 minutes of heat on your shoulders can make a huge difference in how your tissue moves and feels. You don’t need a fancy heating pad, you can DIY that.


4.Self-massage
Try it, you might be surprised how much it helps! It’s not complicated, just grab a tennis ball or a red rubber ball and check out these techniques.


5.Choose the right pillow
You spend about a third of your time in bed, be sure it’s cozy for your neck. Side-sleepers have different needs than belly-sleepers. The right pillow at night can help you all day.


A few minutes of self care every day, little changes, can make a huge difference in how you feel. See you at your next appointment!

3 Easy Random Acts of Kindness

February 9 starts International Random Acts of Kindness Week. Their website is packed with great ideas on how to celebrate, and I especially love the approach of committing a random act of kindness for three different people:

  • Someone you don’t know
  • Someone you know
  • Yourself

Someone you don’t know

This is pretty simple and can quickly become a habit. (That’s a good thing!)

Smile. When you’re in a depressingly long line at the bank, watching a parent deal with their toddler’s public meltdown, or sitting next to another car in traffic. A kind grin goes a long way when you’re feeling a bit hopeless about the daily hassles in life.

Someone you know

Take a moment to think about who in your life may be a little touch-deficient. Maybe you know someone who is recently widowed, a single parent with older children, or a new empty-nester. Maybe even a young teenager in an especially introverted stage of awkwardness.

Make it a point to touch someone. It could be a warm hand shake, high-five, or great hug, whatever is appropriate for that person and situation. Touch is shown to make us happier and healthier, and it benefits both you and the receiver!

Yourself

People depend on you, so it’s important to take care of yourself. If you’ve only got a few minutes, steal away and flip through a great magazine. If you can set aside some more time, get a massage, go for a walk by yourself to recharge, or window shop at your favorite mall.

Kindness doesn’t have to cost you anything, and it doesn’t need to be a grand gesture. All little goes a long way!

5 Zenful New Year’s Resolutions

5 Easy New Year’s Resolutions to Lower Your Stress Level

5 Easy New Year’s Resolutions for More Zen

 Well, the warm & fuzzy feelings of Christmas are over and it’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions, intentions & wishes. So with an eye to the big picture and setting realistic intentions, there are 5 easy New Years resolutions that can lower your stress level in 2014 and bring in more zen:

  1. Meditate more often than you currently do – Mediation is a powerful stress reliever because it brings you into the current moment and keeps your attention from heading to the past or the future, where the majority of our stressors lie. The beauty of it is that there’s a type of meditation suitable for just about everyone; some forms involve sitting quietly, while others are more active like walking or coloring mandalas. The key is to find a style you like and then set a frequency and time limit that you know you can meet. That might mean 5 minutes a day, 20 minutes once a week, or 10 minutes 3 times a week… what ever works for you. The actual length and frequency are not as important as increasing the amount of time you meditate and doing it on a regular schedule.
  2. Just for Today be grateful for at least one thing – Nothing takes the stress down a notch quicker than being grateful does, and gratitude tends to build on itself. It works by taking some of your attention from what’s wrong, not good enough, or otherwise not meeting your expectations, and moving it toward something more positive. When you first start a gratitude practice, you may only be able to come up with one thing a day (and that may be a struggle some days). But if you’re anything like me, you’ll find that in time it gets easier. Your gratitude practice can be as formal or informal as you’d like, but some common ways include: keeping a gratitude journal, saying a quick but silent “thank you” whenever something sets off your gratitude detectors, or including gratitude items in your daily prayers.
  3. Get massage more often in 2014 – You knew this was coming, right? Massage not only eases stress-related muscle tension, it also causes the body to release a whole set of hormones that counteract the stress response. Just getting one more massage than you normally get is all it takes to succeed at this resolution. Just sayin…
  4. Try a new type of massage or bodywork. There are several of massage and bodywork techniques ZenGate Healing Arts offers. Some über relaxing and stress-relieving ones are: Zen & Hot Stone Massage, Zenful Soles Reflexology, Zen-Out Chakra Balancing Massage, Zenergy Healing Reiki, Zen-Drops: Young Living Raindrop Technique, Zen-n-Tonic BodyWraps and Access Bars.  Pick the one that intrigues or interests you the most and schedule that appointment. To learn more about each service click here.
  5. Make your self-care more affordable. Save money by buying a package from your massage therapist; you pay for all the sessions up front, but in exchange you get a discount on each massage. You can also ask friends and family members for massage gift certificates for birthday, anniversary, valentines day, sweetest day, Hanukkah, Christmas, or any other special occasion you can think of. You can also save up for a massage; it’s easier than you may think. If you save just $6/week (or $24/month), you’ll be able to afford a massage every 3 months!

See. Didn’t I tell you they were easy and stress relieving?

Now it’s your turn. Are you going to set a New Year’s resolution this year? If so, what’s it going to be??

First seen here by Michelle Doetsch