No matter how hard you work or how many days you work it’s always important to
take some time out, relax and unwind.
Myself, I try to keep Sunday’s totally free. Of course I don’t mean sit in bed and do
nothing all day! I would still do clothes washing and some other household
Because we live in a time when everyone is always connected 24/7 the smartphone that you
have with you keeps you connected to everyone and everything. But sometimes you
just want to just switch off!
I find that you should give your laptop, mobile phone and other gadgets the day
off on Sunday. Just go for a long walk or run in the morning have a nice
breakfast and try to relax. We all have movies that we save for rainy days or we
save for when we need a pick me up. Put that on and put your feet up, close your
laptop, put your phone on silence and relax.
Enjoy your Sunday afternoon!
I wanted to share this article by Ann Williams regarding Breathwork.
I found this exercise to be very relaxing and I hope you will give it a try.
The Benefits of Breathwork
By Anne Williams
Do you ever find yourself unconsciously holding your breath when you’re tense?
This can cause tension to build in your body and may let the chest collapse, leading to misalignment.
Proper breathing provides oxygen to the muscles and body, helps you stay relaxed and centered,
and even helps you maintain correct body alignment throughout your day.
You can also use breathwork as part of a stress-reduction program by following this
progressive relaxation exercise.
1. Begin by lying in a comfortable position without crossing your arms or legs, and focus on your
breathing to create a slow, deep pattern. Inhale through your nose while counting to 10 and
expanding your abdomen. Hold the breath for one second, and exhale through your nose on
the count of 10. Inhale and exhale in this pattern five times.
2. Beginning with your head, tense your facial muscles as tightly as possible and count to five.
Release the muscles completely, and sense the muscles feeling heavy and still. Work down
your entire body, tensing muscle groups and then relaxing them. After the head, move to the
neck, chest, arms and hands, abdomen, back, thighs and gluteals, lower legs,and feet.
3. After relaxing each set of muscles, mentally scan your body for any areas of remaining tension
and ask those areas to relax completely.
4. Repeat the slow breathing exercise.
5. Gently begin to move your body to come out of the deeply relaxed state.
Try using progressive relaxation directly before or after your massage sessions, directly before bed,
or at any time during the day as a pick-me-up. Focus on taking full, deep, even, rhythmic breaths.
With a little practice, you can become more aware of your own breathing patterns and use
breathwork effectively as you move throughout your day.
This article was published in Body Sense – Summer 2012.
Anne Williams is the director of education for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and author of Massage Mastery: from Student to Professional (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012). She can be reached at email@example.com.
A few of our regular clients have told us that we 'really' need to look into cupping. We are doing our research and seeing if this would be a good fit.
What do you think?
Below is some info on cupping.
What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping Therapy is an ancient Chinese medical practice that relies upon creating a local suction by using a cup to mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be
drawn out of the body. The earliest recorded use of cupping dates to the early fourth century.
How does Cupping Therapy work?
Cupping is applied by acupuncturists to certain acupuncture points, as well as to regions of the body that are affected by pain, to dispel stagnation—stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow—to treat various diseases. Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 10 minutes. Several cups may be placed on a patient’s body at the same time. Some practitioners will also apply small amounts of medicated oils or herbal oils to the skin just before the cupping procedure, which lets them move the cups up and down particular acupoints or meridians after they have been applied.
When fixed position cupping is used, a certain amount of bruising is expected at the cupping site. In traditional cupping, heated cups are used and the hot cups can also generate a similar stimulating effect like that of burning moxa wool in Moxibustion Therapy. However, with movement of the cups along the surface of the skin, it’s somewhat like a gentler Guasha Therapy and some bruising is also expected. These bruises are usually painless, however, and disappear within a few days of treatment.
Contraindications for cupping include: areas of skin that are inflamed; cases of high fever, convulsions or cramping, or easy bleeding (i.e., pathological level of low platelets); or the abdominal area or lower back during pregnancy. Movement of the cups is limited to fleshy areas: the movement should not cross bony ridges, such as the spine. Following are some of the recommended treatment sites for various disorders.
What can be treated by Cupping Therapy?
Today, cupping is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, respiratory conditions (bronchitis, asthma, and congestion), paralysis, blood disorders (anaemia, haemophilia), rheumatic diseases (arthritic joint and muscular conditions), gastro-intestinal disorders, fertility and gynaecological disorders, skin problems (eczema, acne) as well as improving general physical and psychological well-being. Fleshy sites on the body, such as the back and stomach (and, to a lesser extent, the arms and legs), are the preferred sites for treatment.
Wow, what a great experience. 5 days in Boise Idaho being a Soigneur for a woman's Professional Cycling team during on of their biggest races to date..
From the thousands of dedicated spectators, to the thousands cheering from home using Tour Tracker, the Exergy Tour was by far the biggest and best event I have ever been a part of. The Exergy Tour is a tip notch international bike race, and did I mention ti's women's only? The organization, the volunteers, the officials, the whole Exergy staff and announcers (Dave Towle and Connie Carpenter). Everything about this racing event was outstanding!!! Yes, 3 exclamation marks, that is how amazing this was.
This is my favorite shot by Brian Black Hodes of VeloImages. The race and Idaho's famous crop: the potato.
Here are the NOW & Novartis for MS girls. What a great group of athletes!
The picture to the left is one dedicated fan, dressed like Nacho Libre and his 8-year old side kick. Addy is on the far right. (idahostatesman.com)
Beth won the most aggressive jersey on the first stage for on amazing break from the field! Which can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKNTqsoHzKs she goes so fast, if you blink, you might miss her!
Here is a picture of the girls riding the course a few days before the race. They wanted to get a feel of the land. The mountains were beautiful!