WELLNESS TIP WEDNESDAY: Breathe better – get your ribs out of your stomach

  Ever feel like, even when you’re just sitting around, it’s not that easy to get a deep breath? If you stop to notice — does it seem like your breathing is short and shallow, up near your throat? So many of us, without realizing it, have gotten into a particular posture habit that has a blocking effect on our ability to breathe well. And I can’t stress enough how much the practice of breathing well – breathing fully and slowly – makes a difference in our health and wellbeing. […]

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WELLNESS TIP WEDNESDAY: The key to preventing your neck tension

  Your head is heavy. And like most of us, you probably often have it jutted forward looking at your computer or hanging down over your phone. That means you’re making your neck muscles do the work that your vertebrae should really be doing. It’s not surprising that they’re tired and achy. On this week’s Wellness Tip Wednesday I’ve got a fun tip to help you get out of that bad head posture habit and prevent your neck tension from building up. I invite you to try the visual reminder […]

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WELLNESS TIP WEDNESDAY: Essential daily neck stretches if you text or use a computer

  If you are like most people these days, I bet you often have your head hanging down looking at your phone. Or jutted forward for hours at a time while on your computer. That is a recipe for chronic neck tension, huh? Well on this week’s Wellness Tip Wednesday I’m sharing some great stretches for you to do. But here’s the key… you need to do them regularly. Have a listen for my thoughts about how to make them happen every day! Let me know if you find these […]

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WELLNESS TIP WEDNESDAY: The number one thing your desk chair needs if you have neck and back tension

  If you sit at a desk all day I bet you’ve had your share of neck and back tension from being schlumped over a little too much. When I work with my massage therapy clients, there is one tip I always share with them that is THE key to preventing chronic computer posture pain. It’s an easy adjustment you can add to your desk chair. I describe it here on this week’s Wellness Tip Wednesday video. Share your thoughts in the comments below. Have you tried a strategy like […]

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Your lazy belly

  You probably can imagine that in my massage therapy practice, one of the main things people come in needing addressed is their back pain. So many of us have back tension – and of course the reasons vary. But underlying most of the reasons, is actually one key – something that can make a huge difference once you’re aware of it. It’s your lazy belly. You see, our spines are amazing — the way we’re built to hold our torsos in an upright position. But the truth is, most […]

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Do you take it to bed with you?

  I bet you have a lot on your mind. So many of us have concerning thoughts and worries — these days more than ever. And that’s on top of all our typical day to day stuff.     I also bet you’re probably aware of how those stressful thoughts have a way of showing up in your body. Stiff neck. Tight jaw. Back tension, etc. It’s kind of par for the course given how your mind and body is connected. Here’s something else I bet you do… and it’s […]

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Sore, Tight Muscles… Should I Ice or Heat?

  “How do I know whether I should ice a sore muscle or whether I should use heat?” This is a question that comes up all the time in my massage therapy practice.   The answer depends on what kind of muscle strain or tension is causing your pain and discomfort, and ultimately comes down to one key thing – inflammation. Lots of things can trigger muscle soreness – a twist in the wrong direction, overexertion (from lifting something too heavy, for example), or the variety of overexertion where you […]

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