Mother Nature designed your toes to spread across the ground as you walk. Your toes spread to provide a more stable base to support you. People who have never worn shoes have feet that fan wide: their toes naturally spread across the ground.
Massage is a wonderful way to find healing, relaxation and connection. Plus, it feels divine. Many of us have dreamed of bringing our favorite massage therapist with us, so that wherever we go, we can deeply relax and get relief from…
Your toes are versatile: perhaps much more versatile than you have given them credit for!
They arch and curl, spread and grip. They help us balance. They press off the ground to launch us into the next step. We can even pick a pen up off the floor with our toes.
When people do not have use of their hands, they have found that they can use their feet and toes for complex activities like driving, painting and writing. Jessica Cox, a woman born with no arms, even learned how to fly a plane with her feet.
The difference between chest and belly breathing is like day and night. Chest breathing activates the “fight or flight” state, and tenses our necks, shoulders and throats. Whereas belly breathing, encourages us into the healing, “rest and digest” state. It uses the diaphragm to draw breath into your lower lungs, rather than using the chest muscles to breathe.
Our heels strike the ground with each step, and absorb much of the impact of walking, standing, and running. Your heel bone, the calcaneus, is made of spongy bone, that is that is filled with fluid. This spongy calcaneous, along with your heel fat pad underneath it, helps your heel to function as a shock absorber.
Rubbing your hands together vigorously can help for a couple of minutes, but even then it doesn’t help long-term. That’s because the big gripping muscles of your hands are actually in your forearms. When they get tight, they constrict blood flow to our hands.
https://youtu.be/zukIAwws5D8 Your lungs fill because of a vacuum created in your ribcage. When you inhale, your diaphragm and rib muscles (your external intercostal muscles) contract to expand your ribcage. That creates a vacuum that draws air into your lungs. It’s…
We’ve all experienced that creeping tension that leads to a mild, throbbing, or stabbing pain in our heads at some point. And for many of us, headaches seem to come too often. It can be hard to think and concentrate,…
We wanted to show you a restorative massage technique for your jaw. Before we get started, let’s check in with the nature of jaw pain. Jaw pain and stress Jaw pain is often linked to stress. This relaxing self massage…
Last year, our world shifted when we closed our massage practice. As much as we missed giving massage, we knew that we had an opportunity to create something we had been thinking about for many years.
Slowing and “deepening” your breath communicates to your nervous system that all is well, bringing your body into the relaxed, healing nervous state where the heart rate slows, circulation increases, and the body focuses its energy on digestion and healing.
Even though it can feel like we spend most of our time indoors in modern society, the natural world is still our ancient home: where we have existed since the origins of humankind. We innately respond to nature and at a primal level, understand how to move in it.