Apr 07 2017
We all know that warm, relaxed (and of course sometimes a bit sore) sensation we’re left with after an appointment with an RMT. Tension that earlier in the day was the centre of attention is now taking the bench, and hey, our stresses seem to be over there too.
While nothing beats the skilled touch of an RMT, here are a few restorative yoga postures you can do at home to give you that ‘back to balance’ feeling in between sessions.
1. Child’s Pose
The one yoga pose to rule them all, and for good reason! Not only are you alleviating spinal pressure in Child’s Pose, but you are simultaneously bringing openness into the hips, thighs and upper and lower back muscles, all the while in a passive position that can invoke a deep sense of calm and security. Child’s pose can also help activate your digestive processes, and provides us a welcome opportunity to turn inward and enjoy a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle.
2. Legs up the Wall
A favourite of many, legs up the wall is one of the most beneficial and effortless postures in yoga and is considered deeply therapeutic. Simply inverting for a period of time everyday allows gravity to help regulate tension, promote circulation of fluids within all extremities, as well as maintain healthy blood pressure. You may find that holding this position for an extended length of time provides intensely relaxing effects. Try 5-10 minutes to start, and increase to as long as you feel comfortable with. Try placing soft pillows under the arms, lower back or neck for even more support. *Note: You do not need to lay on the hard floor for this to take effect. If your bed is up against a wall, do it from here for maximum comfort!
3. Reclined Twist
They say you are as young as your spine is flexible. As the fluids in the spine don’t move by themselves and can be a storing ground for built up toxins and free-radicals, this is a great reason to bring a gentle spinal twist into a relaxation routine. Lie on the floor with your knees bent and arms out to the sides. Softly lower your knees to the right, looking over the left shoulder. Pause here and breathe deeply. Repeat on opposite side.
4. Seated Forward Bend
All the feels of a morning stretch but at any time of day. Seated Forward Bend targets the back side of the entire body, while promoting digestion and washing away stresses as we turn inward. Approach this posture lightly, your body will do the rest. Close your eyes.
Although it is a pose of complete surrender and relaxation, this can make it slightly more challenging. Still the mind by focusing on each part of the body you are hoping to bring ease. Mentally relax this part, and move onto the next. If you feel the mind wander, just come back.
Enjoy knowing that with only a bit of effort, these poses are helping to revitalize the body and mind, restoring balance and promoting your wellbeing from the ground up.
Jul 21 2011
I’m not saying you’ll buy yourself a bottle of wine and a green tea mousse cake after a massage with Lori. I’m just saying that’s what I did. Results may vary.
Although we work together, Lori insisted we didn’t talk business on my “massage day”. I’d booked myself in for a one hour session on the first day off I’d had in weeks. To say I was looking forward to it is an understatement.
As always, my neck and shoulders were tight, but Lori did a full body treatment on me. It brought to my attention parts of my body I hadn’t considered much over the last few months. My hips for example. I’ve been running pretty regularly, and though I always take time to stretch the usual suspects: hamstrings and quads, I’d been ignoring my hips. Lori really got into the cracks, and after my massage, my hips felt more open. Heres a few good hip opening stretches too.
Lori has been doing this for awhile, and it shows. Her hands are strong, and adept. I was a little sore the day after my massage, but it was that good kind of soreness, the kind that makes you feel connected to your body. I followed her advice, and drank a lot of water.
And, as I mentioned, I also had a little bit of wine. And a lot of cake. Some say that your muscles hold emotional memory. Well, since my massage with Lori, I am a firm believer in this. Sure, it was a lovely sunny day when I left Soma, but wow! I felt incredible. Light and breezy, with this feeling that I was doing great, and deserved a little reward after my challenging work schedule over the last few months. The massage was an excellent start, and a few hours (and glasses of wine) later, my reward was complete. Thanks Lori!