When time for a massage can be hard to find, ease muscle pain with a few do-it-yourself quick fixes.
If there is one muscle that commands respect, it is the quadratus lumborum. The paired QLs stand like sentinels to the left and right of the lower spine. They are the guy wires that help to keep us standing upright. Their most important and under acknowledged task is to act as brakes as we ceaselessly lean forward. Think of the amount of time you lean towards whatever job is at hand. Without the quadratus lumborum braking this forward motion, your body would flop forward. How do you know that these muscles are reaching the end of their rope?
We put so much effort into eating well and exercising, all to keep our bodies going. For a change, try doing nothing. It looks easy but is deceptively difficult. We don’t want to look lazy or like a lay about so some training is in order. Massage offers the mental and physical training to develop your ‘do nothing’ skills. It is a legitimate way to rest and restore. After experiencing deep relaxation and how wonderful it feels, you are ready to go out on your own and do nothing. The ‘do less, not more’ benefits of a lowered heart rate, less muscle tension, mental clarity and an imagination gone wild can be felt immediately. Let’s face it, no-one will thank you for doing this. Sneak some do-nothing time into your daily life while thinking of yourself as ahead of the trend. Before long, others will follow. Just do nothing! Focus…
If you have lived with back pain, you are in good company. Our biped structure almost guarantees that at some point our backs will ‘give out on us’.
Nothing says pampering like a hot stone massage. Did you know that hot stone massage also has therapeutic benefits?