The Suboccipitals are the eight small muscles located at the base of your skull – find them now by placing your fingertips over your head and your thumbs into hollows right under the bony skull either side of your spine. Once you have found them, apply a little pressure and them move your eyes up and down and left and right – can you feel the small movements in the muscle?
During times of increased stress and anxiety our bodies and minds are in need of extra support – there is a definite increase in the Vata Dosha happening here!
Ayurvedic self massage, or Abhyanga, is a powerful part of your daily routine and is particularly helpful to ease stresses and strains, helping you to feel more grounded and relaxed. It’s free and it in your hands!
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The effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love and can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort. Take your time with your self-massage and use your hands with softness and kindness. Allow as much time as possible to do the whole body, this allows the oils to penetrate deep layers of tissue, relieving deeply held tensions. You don’t have to do the scalp if this feel like too much work – doing the body alone is soooooo soothing.
Also massaging the feet thoroughly before bed is an excellent way to improve the quality of your sleep – pop some socks afterwards to avoid slipping and snuggle down. This is an excellent way to ground your energy and get well needed rest. Continue reading “Ayurvedic Self Massage”
What is SAD and how does it affect us?
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a kind of season related depression that can occur as the days begin to get shorter and we don’t have as much natural sunlight.
This can lead to…
- Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
- Weight gain
- Tiredness or low energy and low mood
So why is this happening?
Fascia is the new buzz word in Bodywork and Yoga now, and rightly so… And you may have heard of myofascial release (myo = muscle)
Scientists used to think fascia was just another layer of tissue under the skin and around the organs, muscles, they didn’t credit it with any great significance. But now we know so much more about it, and it’s role in our physical and mental wellness.
So it appears that we have a fascial matrix which works in 3D and gives us our structural intergrity – or tensegrity (see what they did there….)
Massage is an ancient therapy and comes in a variety shapes and forms, from Aromatherapy to Thai Yoga Massage to Heavenly Head Massage plus many more… It can help with a whole range of symptoms from stress and fatigue to aches and pains, arthritis and immune system disorders and much more.
We all know that massage feels great and is super relaxing, and now we have the evidence to back up these health enhancing claims. Dr Michael Mosely and his team of experts have been on the case in an episode of Trust Me I’m A Doctor to examine the latest scientific evidence. Continue reading “Why is Massage Therapy so effective?”