Archive for January, 2014

Lack of Sleep May Cause Health Issues: Massage can Help

Posted on January 31st, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

According to the CDC 4 percent of Americans – or nine million residents – use sleeping pills or sedatives to help them sleep. Humans are the only species that deprives itself of sleep according to Alan Derickson, a professor of labor and employment relations and history at Penn State. Lack of sleep is associated with a huge spectrum of health issues including cardiovascular health, obesity, anxiety and depression. Officials at the CDC recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep nightly; however at least one third of adults sleep less than 7.

If you suffer from insomnia, be sure to tell your Massage Therapist. Your session can be modified to address that problem. Research has shown that regular massage therapy not only reduces pain and anxiety but also increases relaxation, which can help restore your sleep pattern. There is a release of serotonin, which is the body’s natural production of anti-pain chemicals. Massage is very effective at increasing deep sleep. “When you are deprived of deep sleep, certain kinds of pain chemicals are released,” explains Dr. Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

The CDC also considers lack of sleep a public health epidemic. I can certainly attest to that because many of my clients main complaint besides muscular discomfort is insomnia in various forms. They share with me that either they can’t sleep or can’t stay asleep.

Give massage therapy a try. Your body and mind will the grateful you did.

Long Sitting is Hazardous

Posted on January 24th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

See what prolonged sitting is doing to your body and mind.

Practice Yoga at The Office

Posted on January 17th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

I read an article not long ago that stated employees are sedetary more than ever in the workplace. I hear it often from clients that have to literally force themselves out of the office chair after maybe sitting for 4+ hours at the office. Yikes, is what I say to that.

Spending hours hunched over a computer causes tight and sore muscles. The end result can be headaches and neck pain. There are many quick ways to incorporate yoga into your workday without feeling like you’ll miss a long awaited email or phone call.

Here are a few basic seated postures. You want to start by sitting at the edge of your chair with spine lengthened, chest lifted, shoulders relaxed down and away from your ears, feet flat on the floor and knees planted directly over your ankles.

Fan Pose:
Sitting forward in your chair, gently more arms behind you until you can hold onto the back of your chair. Keep elbows straight. Adjust the height of your hands until you feel a stretch in chest, shoulders and arms. This is great for opening the chest while improving posture.

Shoulders rolls: Lift your shoulders gently and rotate them backwards slowly. Repeat while counting to 10, alternate direction. This loosens joints while stretching still upper shoulders.

Neck Rolls: Drop your head forward and rock your head side to side. Let the weight of your head gently stretch your neck. This slow movement will release any kinks in your neck.

After these few stretches expect to feel mentally recharged too. The practice of yoga does not only deal with developing the body, but it also covers mental and spiritual well being.

Namaste.

Yoga Muscle Series: Rhomboids

Posted on January 10th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

The rhomboideus muscle region together compiles two muscles: the rhomboid major and rhomboid minor. The major is larger with the minor being smaller and is located above the major.

Action: stabilizes, rotates scapulae downward, contracting the rhomboids opens the chest

These muscles are intricate in executing the yoga pose Warrior 2. Warrior 2 honors the heroic qualities that reside in each of us. It connects us to the power of our legs. Do this pose to restore a feeling of power.

Namaste

Yoga Muscles Series: Latissimus Dorsi

Posted on January 3rd, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

The latissimus dorsi is a broad muscle of the back, compiling two-thirds of the superficial back muscles.

Action: Adduction of the shoulder, medially rotation of the shoulder, extension of a flexed shoulder, when arm is anchored above the trunk it pulls the trunk upward.

This muscle is intricate in executing yoga warrior 1 pose. Warrior 1 strengthens our connection with grounding energy of the earth.

Namaste

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