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Stretch of the Week- Side Bend

We see so much lower back tension and pain that regular stretching can really help keep you feeling good. Stretching the side of the body opens up the lower back muscles, lats, lateral shoulder and ribs. It’s perfect for this time of year because it makes space in the lungs also which helps with the …

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Stretch of the Week- Spine Stretch

In yoga this stretch is called Cat Cow. It is a great stretch for the spine.  A lot of people believe that your spine is your center life force and that it’s health is crucial to your entire well being. So why wouldn’t you take good care of it… you only get 1 spine in …

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Stretch of the Week: Seated Lower Back Stretch

Here is a simple lower back stretch that you can do right now. Many of us suffer from low back pain from time to time. Sitting a good portion of the day which shortens the hip flexors and hamstrings play a big part of this. As do muscle weakness in the core. Sometimes you just …

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Stretch of the Week – Neck Stretches

Our necks do quite a big job for us by supporting our head! And we abuse it with poor posture more then we should. You don’t want to become one of those people that has to turn their whole bodies to see over their shoulder. Stretching our necks daily is something we often over look. …

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Stretch of the Week- Side Lying Quad Stretch

The quadriceps are the large group of muscle on the front of the thigh. They are strong muscles and attach to the hip bones. What we see a lot on our massage therapy client is overly contracted quad muscle that pull the pelvis forward causing low back pain. So though it may seem strange to …

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Stretch of the Week – Chest Opener

We all spend too much time with our shoulders going forward whether it’s a lot of computer time or poor posture or exercise tightening pec muscles. Massage therapy can help lengthen the muscles but regular stretching will help keep them in good shape! The pectoralis major and minor are the major muscles in the front …

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Stretch for This Week- Legs Up the Wall

Legs up the wall is one of my favorite restorative stretches. After being on my feet doing massages all day this stretch is a wonderful relief at the end of the day! It is great for gently stretching the hamstrings and circulating the fluids from the legs and feet. Here is a wonderful step by …

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Yoga is Good For Stress

Yoga is good for stress and reduces inflammation. This is a super article by Huffington Post. I found it interesting another article the same day was “Your Stressful Job Might be Making You Age Faster” so we all definitely need to make yoga a must do in our lives! **** Past research has shown how yoga …

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Massage Therapy Works Post Work Out

Massages may seem indulgent, but a new study from McMaster University in Canada gives you permission to spoil yourself. Researchers found that a 10 minute rubdown post-workout reduces inflammation, lessens soreness, and increases energy production in your muscles (helping them perform at their peak during your next sweat session). “Massage may even help muscles fibers repair …

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How to Find the Right Yoga

There are many different types of yoga to fit the endless varieties of body types.  Finding the type of yoga and teacher that works for you can take as much determination and focus as finding the “perfect” pair of jeans.  You know the kind I’m talking about: the ones that fit just right, not too …

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