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Do a Stress Assess

Are you overwhelmed with all the things you have to do and remember? (I know that’s how I woke up this morning)

Check out this great post from Zen Habits:

Overwhelmed & Rushed? Do a Stress Assess

Gratitude sidenote: As overwhelmed as I am with laundry, I sure am grateful to have a plentiful amount of clothes, a washing machine and dryer, and water and electricity.

It might be Wednesday, but it’s finally Muscle Monday!

Ok, folks! I hope you are having a good week. Monday and Tuesday were so busy and stressful for me…I felt a little like I was being tossed around in a big wave. I did get several things done, however. I gave a little speech about Thai Massage (which I have been assured was not as bad as I thought), changed my insurance plan (to make it less expensive and include my husband finally), and went to a networking meeting. Today I have a little rest, which means I will make a big pot of soup, and also finally give you the next installment of Muscle Monday, just a few days late! Today, the sternocleidomastoid! Continue reading

What’s going well in your life?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it way too easy to get focused on the negative…on what’s not working. Or, just when I start to feel good about things, I encounter folks who really want to wallow in their own miseries. I think part of taking care of ourselves is learning to change this propensity for negative self-talk, and try to turn the focus on what is good in our lives, and what is actually working. There’s probably more than you’d think!

I came across this blog post from Kris Carr, and I think it makes some good points on how to be brave and share your successes with others. I hope that it inspires you!

Relaxation tip– Eyes



Your eyes do a lot for you everyday, so try giving them a rest every day by doing relaxing eyeball exercises. With open or closed eyes, roll your eye-balls around in their sockets by looking right, left, up, and down.

Comfort tired eyes with compresses: Use cold, sliced cucumber rounds, spoons you’ve let chill in the freezer, frozen gel masks, or even a hot washcloth. Compresses are especially nice after a good cry or to soothe allergies.

Image and quote from Lynn Gordon’s “52 Relaxing Rituals

Take good care of your body–it’s the only one you’ve got!

I was looking at the website of one of my Thai Massage teachers, and saw this:

Thai yoga massage is most effective as a form of preventive medicine –much like regular oil changes for a car, having periodic massage is one of the ways we can keep our bodies in good working order and avoid major breakdowns. In general, we recommend having a massage a minimum of once a month and as often as once a week, depending on your body`s condition and your personal goals.

I love this sentiment, and it applies to regular massage as well. I’ve met so many people who only get a massage once or twice a year. One hour of massage (or even two) out of approximately 8766 hours in a year is not enough!

How often do you get a massage? How often would you like to? What’s stopping you?

Muscle Monday–Scalenes

Today’s muscle is a small group of muscles in the anterior neck, known as the scalenes.

Origin: Transverse processes of the 2nd-6th cervical (neck) vertebrae

Insertion: Upper surfaces of 1st & 2nd ribs

Actions: Bilaterally, elevates rib cage during inhalation. Unilaterally, laterally flexes the neck, and rotates head & neck to the opposite side

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What is Thai Foot Reflexology?

Thai Foot Reflexology (or Thai Foot Massage) combines acupressure, stretching, and massage of the legs and feet with reflexology done with lotion and a wooden stick. I generally give the work in a manner similar to Thai massage, with the fully clothed recipient lying on a mat on the floor for the duration of the session. However, it can be done on the table, often as an add-on to a regular massage by request.

Jacksonville Florida Thai Foot Massage

Wooden stick used in Thai Foot Massage

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