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.
Check out some great tips from Kris Carr on how to keep stress under control, and even download a self-care planner so you can stay on track:
You know something else that helps keeps stress at bay? Massage! 🙂
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
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!
(10/21/16–this is from a few years ago, and so my room looks different, but this is a good example of what my Thai massage set up is usually like!)
It’s like the guy says–“You can’t be stressed out after sitting in a box full of kittens!”
From the people at SoulPancake
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“
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?
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
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.
Wooden stick used in Thai Foot Massage