stretching 101: An antidote for computer users

Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 4.26.59 PMSTOP AND STRETCH TO FEEL/BREATHE BETTER ALL DAY
When you find yourself slumped in your chair gasping for air, push your chair back, take your hands off your keyboard and let go of your mouse. Here’s a great way to stretch your back I created for WellandGoodNYC readers.   

STRETCH YOUR BACK
Hold your left wrist with your right hand. Stretch your arms out in front of you then up above your head. With your right hand, lift your left arm up until you feel your whole left side getting longer. Lean to your right to increase the stretch. Breath deeply as if you were breathing directly through the side of your body. Lift your right side up to go back to center. Relax both arms by your sides keeping left side long. Repeat to the other side – stretching your right arm and leaning to the left. Feel longer and taller when you are done.

STRETCH YOUR HIPS
Sitting forward in your chair, both sitting bones evenly on the chair seat, put right ankle on top of your left knee and drop your right knee to the floor to gently open your right hip. Slowly exhale 5 times. Repeat to the left.

RESUME
Maintain the feeling of your sides long, your breathing full, feet flat on the floor and knees at least a foot apart. See if this gives you more energy! Use the following roll-on body oils to help your muscles ease into spring.

  • True Relaxation Muscle Remedy: for sprains, strains, minor injuries, low back pain and cramps. This blend will warm and relax your muscles before and after workout and help you enjoy being outdoors.
  • Pure Breathing Chest Remedy: This blend will ease discomfort if you are having trouble shaking off the aches and pains due to cold or flu, or if you are feeling depleted.
  • Natural Rest Travel Remedy: A must when you travel for any sprains or pulls you get en route, and to improve circulation in your legs after long periods of sitting or standing. It makes you feel lighter and combats jet lag.
  • Clear Mind Jaw Clenching Remedy: for facial tension (not good for wrinkles and TMJ) and all-over body tension caused by periods of intense stress. This blend will help you slow down and ease your mind while muscle tension melts away.

HOW TO USE
Roll on to affected area, smooth in the skin as you would a lotion. Use the roller ball to apply pressure to tight spots.

HOT TIP!
To increase the affect of each roll-on remedy, apply a few drops of Clear Mind Tension Remedy on top of the body oil and spread over affected area.

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