A Welcome Break from the Daily Stress Routine

Our world today is so fast paced, it’s hard to keep up.  Self Massage PictureWe all have smart phones, tablets, computers, and television.

We have Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

At work, we are more productive than our parents and grandparents were, because of the great advances in technology.  Of course, with more productivity comes more expectation of productivity.

As great as all these things can be, they all add up to one inevitable conclusion:

We carry more stress now than ever before.

And studies show stress is the biggest source of illness today.

Studies also show we each have around 60,000 thoughts per day.

That’s a lot of brain activity.

For most of us, though, most of those thoughts are about the past or the future.  Seldom do we live in the present.

This leads too many of us to some degree of depression or anxiety.

Both of which, in turn, cause stress.

So, what are we to do with all this stress?

According to Chastity Garcia, a little massage goes a long way.

Massage helps you focus on your body which, in turn, helps you live in the moment.  All those thoughts about the past and the future tend to fly away for a time.

Massage can reduce your stress, and improve your overall sense of wellness.  And with less stress comes more health and happier families.

But who has enough time or money for a daily massage by a skilled practitioner?

If you don’t have that luxury, here are a few self-massage techniques you may want to try at home or in the office.  They are simple, and only take a few minutes at a time.  But your whole day will be brighter because of it.

  1. Tennis ball roll – Put a tennis ball under your foot. Right under the sole.  Press down as hard as you can without causing pain and roll it around a couple minutes.

You can do this at your desk, without even stopping your work routine.  But the relief you will feel in your tired, achy feet, will last throughout the day.

  1. Yoga block lay down – Get an inexpensive yoga block. You can get a set of cork blocks for about $20, or foam blocks for about $10.

Angle it on its side and lay down.  Place the base of your skull on the block and lay still for about two minutes.

You should feel the tension leaving your shoulders and upper back, where many people carry most of their stress.

  1. Foam rolling – this one may be better for home than for the office. Get your hands on a good foam roller.  You can buy one from the Club shop for about $32.

Place it on the ground.  Pick which area of your body you need to release some tension.  Lay down with that part of your body on the roller.

Then start rolling.  It’s that simple.

If you need help with some foam rolling techniques, feel free to ask any of the trainers at the Club.  In fact, Tiffany Malone is having a class just about foam rolling in a couple weeks.  Contact our trainers for details.

  1. More tennis balls – This is a great one for work. Put a tennis ball or two (lacrosse balls are even better) in an old crew sock.

Sling the sock behind your back, and position the ball between your spine and your shoulder blade.  Press back hard, and roll it around.

Then re-position the ball to focus on another part of your back or shoulder.

The sock is just there to ensure you don’t drop the ball.  Again, if you need tips talk to any of our trainers.

These self-massage techniques can work wonders in your life.

But of course, nothing gets the job done quite like a full massage by an experienced licensed massage therapist.

It just so happened we have two of the Tri Cities finest, right here at CBRC.

Chastity and John Slatick are available to help you live in the moment and remove the stress you’ve been carrying around for so long.

Right now, you can book a 30-minute massage for only $30.  If you need a little longer, we can arrange that, too.

You don’t have to resign yourself to always being stressed, tight, and in pain.

Just a little attention to your tired, achy muscles can go a long way.

We wish you good health,

Columbia Basin Racquet Club

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