What if instead of doing lots of exercises to combat our habits......we worked on our habits? Somewhere in the middle might be an easier way!
In a moment we'll go on a little journey of the imagination and think about just that, but before we do - let's appreciate Kaia's entry in our Foot Massage Mat competition. What a way to see us out Kaia. They were taken on one of the Cape walks in Tasmania's beautiful Cape Raoul. The stretches were welcome after the three hour walk in. Lots of movement vitamins for the taking there (click the image to see all 3 photos).
Now, back to our theme - Imagine you've just done a big hip unwind with me. You feel great, that imbalance you picked up in your pelvis at the start of class has evened out and you glide out the door.
You go and have a cuppa with some friends and, without even thinking about it, sit right back into your bucket shaped chair. You've got a nice case of forward head and your pelvis is tucked under. Just to really get comfy you cross one leg over the other. The same leg you always cross, it feels like home.
Think about the spine in that situation. You've rounded it out, so your head is adding around 10 kilos additional load, but you've also added that twist. It wouldn't be so bad if you were coming in and out of that position, and maybe doing both sides....but we don't. We sit in our habit for ages.
Maybe, you even get up after an hour or so and feel a bit annoyed that your class has worn off so quickly. But that never need happen again, because now you know that you can become......(insert appropriate theme music)......an Alignment Detective.
Your Assignment: This week challenge yourself to watch your habits. Sitting or standing - what do you do all of the time without really thinking about it? And how might that be contributing to aches and pains in your body? What would happen if you did the opposite, or came back to a more balanced stance/sit? Be honest, how does that really feel?
If our habits have caused us pain, might it be worth challenging them?
Start small. Make it your mission to really notice and change one thing. I bet that you can crack at least one case and that can add up to some big benefits.
Here is a series of exercises you can do sitting. It includes a seated No.4 which is really a chance to cross your legs when you think about it. But you do both sides with a bit more attention to detail. After a few minutes of that your hips will feel rejuvenated rather than squashed! It's a win win.
And now this really is the last entry to this term's competition. We've got all of our entrants names on little folded pieces of paper, ready for an impartial bystander to select the winner after Tuesday's Focus Session. Thanks everyone for your great ideas. More prizes will be up for grabs over summer so keep them coming (email me to enter - photos are much appreciated!)
Wally has a great variation on the Hand Stretch:
When doing the finger exercises I use the opposing finger of the opposing hand to give a little more exercise.
Don't forget next week is Bonus Week. You can come to just one class or as many as you like. All are welcome. Friday 9.30 is full but all other classes have space. The theme is a big unwind, so you will be floating away - "walking on clouds I've been told from previous participants". Hope to see you there!