Trevor would say if you were a bludger and sitting in front of the TV all day you wouldn’t get tight muscles. Most of us can’t do that. Not only that we would not feel very fulfilled, and be broke.
So why are you tight? And why does your massage results stick for a while and things go back to the same?
Here are just 3 possible reasons, there are many more.
1. Tony Robbins, as well-known Entrepeneur, Author and Peak Performance Strategist said in a recent video clip I saw ” We are defined by our rituals”. I’m taking his comment a little out of context here, but I want you to think about what you ask your body to do day in and day out. Whether it is climbing stairs (with the same leg always taking the first step), climbing in and out of cars, sitting in front of the TV or computer with shoulders up near the ears, or slouched forward, doing your job which requires mousing, twisting one way more than the other, climbing ladders, whatever…..
Maybe you get my point.
It is the little day-to-day movements, repetitive movements that strain and tighten up the shoulders or lower back, contribute to headaches etc.
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An often used word today, but stress and worry equals tension and when not released gets locked in the body, often in the muscles. So this can look like headaches, tummy aches, tightness in the shoulders, tiredness, just to mention a few.
Yep, something you not might want to know about, or be preached too about. My own personal experience is that some foods make me energetic and others seem to zap me of energy, cause me to pig out on them, and feel YUK after and often cause digestive upsets.
Maybe it is the Iced Coffee I’ve been craving for in my stressed state – feels good going down, but usually leaves me feeling heavy with mucous in the throat a short time after. Each of us are individuals and if we listen to our bodies we would hear more clearly what gives us energy v what depletes us.
My real point here is that many of us are eating less real food and more processed, chemically enhanced foods. Our bodies are more likely to be flexible and recover quicker if they are fed real live food, that has been not processed.
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Too much processed food gives our bodies a load of toxins that can tighten our muscles.
So what can you do about any of these factors…..
The first step is AWARENESS .
Be aware of how you hold your body, what repetitive movements you make day in and day out.
What aggravates your tightness? Ask the question, listen to your body whispering back to you. Probably you have ignored the whispers until your body is yelling at you.
How much of your time are you thinking stressful thoughts, worrying? START to notice how YOUR body is reacting when you are thinking something that FEELS BAD. Does the shoulders go up near the ears, do you reach for………
That favourite piece of junk food that feels good going down at the time but gives you wind, constipation, a sugar drop a few hours later, more junk food cravings. START to notice what foods you feel terrific on and what you don’t.
I’ll talk a little more about this is future Blogs. In the meantime, think happy thoughts.
Jude and Trevor are Deep Muscle Massage Specialists.