Monday, May 11, 2015

It's a Stretch But Give It a Try!

It's Mother's Day and it's late (and I wasn't organized enough to get this post scheduled earlier) and I'm feeling very full and very spoiled. So this is going to be short. But hopefully helpful!

I've been feeling a bit tight lately - okay, years really - so I decided to go for a massage last week. It was marvelous, don't know why I waited so long. The massage therapist gave me a sheet of stretches to do since I spend a lot of time at a desk. Stretches are one of those things I know I should do but don't.

The above link is a pdf copy of some stretches that are basically the ones the therapist gave me. Simple and easy to do to. You can print off the page and put it by your desk or work area to remind you to get up and stretch. Give your muscles a break and help your body feel better.

Remember to go slow. You should feel a slight easy stretch. Hold for 5 to 20 seconds. Breathe slow. Don't worry about how far you can stretch. Limberness will come with continued stretching.

Also, I was on a roll last week and I signed up for a Restorative Yoga class, went, and survived. In fact, it too was wonderful. This class is not so much about a lot of different poses but a few poses held for longer periods of time while you concentrate on your breathing and meditiating.

So, I'm all totally zen now.

Not really. It might take more than one class. Or one massage. But I'm working on it. Have a good week and remember to stretch and take the time to enjoy the moment. When was the last time you treated yourself to a massage? How about a yoga class? Pilates? Paintball? What helps you relax?


B.E. Sanderson said...

Yay for total Zen! or partial Zen or at least feeling more relaxed. ;o)

Wow. I don't do any of those things. When I need to relax, I go for a walk - even if it's just a stroll around the yard. Sometimes I take my camera, and shooting pictures of pretty things helps me relax.

Karyn Good said...

Walking is a wonderful way to relax! So is taking photos. You've got the zen thing covered!

Madilyn Quinn said...

I'd love to get a massage! Maybe one day. I do a little yoga, at home, but I think it would be cool to go to a class for it. My idea of relaxing is sitting down with a good book or with some friends for dinner and drinks. Sometimes, if I'm very stressed, I go for a run!

Karyn Good said...

I hope you decide to go for one sometime, Madilyn. I think you're idea of a good book or dinner (and drinks) with friends sounds wonderful too. And I'm sure running is a great stress reliever! I'm never tried it. LOL

jblynn said...

Yay for partial-Zen!

I actually tried a new gentle yoga dvd this weekend, did two different workouts and enjoyed them both.

Had coffee with a friend today. That's always fun.

Karyn Good said...

Nothing beats settling in over coffee with a friend, JB. And yay to enjoying the yoga dvd. This way you can do it whenever you need to.

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