By [email protected], Jan 7 2015 05:56PM
So... that's that then. All done for another year. Presents unwrapped, leftover food reincarnated once, twice, three times into more variations of everyday dishes than previously thought possible. Decorations packed away, extended family members waved goodbye to and children suited and booted, ready for a new term at school. Phew... You made it.
Or did you...?
Take a moment to think about all the stressors put on you over the last few weeks. Obviously this is all relative, as what can seem the most daunting of tasks to one person, for someone else, can be the fuel they thrive on. Either way, putting your body and mind under large amounts of pressure can take it's toll and leave you feeling slightly worse for wear.
If you've been going through the last month or so holding increasing tension in your muscles this could spell trouble later down the line. Seemingly small things such as a light throb at the temple or behind the eyes can develop into full blown pain and discomfort that begin to disrupt day to day activities and potentially put any fun you may be having on hold.
This is a common example and one that very often stems from tight, overused muscles that we may not even realise were being used (a clenched jaw for example), which then begin to refer pain to other parts of the body.
It's not restricted just to the head either. This can happen to any muscle and generally promotes a domino effect to specific muscles around the main offender.
So what can be done about it?
First and foremost has to be awareness. Becoming more in tune with what your body and mind are doing at any given moment will give you a big advantage when it comes to combating unwanted aches and pains. Learning to spot tension in your body before it builds up and takes control is a great way to stay one step ahead of unwanted discomfort. Your good health and happiness come pretty high up on the "yes please" list (ie first) - don't let stress eat away at them!
Take time out for yourself. Even just one minute can make a world of difference when it comes to breaking that cycle of stress and tension. Focus on your breath... yes, your mind will wonder, and that's ok. Whenever you catch it doing so, calmly and politely bring your attention back to your breath. In and out. In and out.
A treatment of your preferred bodywork therapy (massage etc) will help promote a calm and relaxed state of mind. If you are in pain, I would personally recommend a session of the Emmett Technique to quickly help lessen any discomfort felt and get you back to enjoying life (and yes, I am an Emmett Practitioner so I'm going to say this, but believe me, I've had some fantastic results with this technique and often in just one session!)
Be mindful if you have joined a gym recently. Make sure there is someone there to show how to use the machines and lift weights both with correct form. This is so important. It may feel as though you are doing yourself good now but months down the line you may well find yourself with increasing aches and pains due to having put way too much unnecessary stress on your muscles and joints. Of course, I'm always here if you need to work those knots out, but, for your sake, I'd much rather you were coming to me to prevent injuries and maintain happy, healthy muscles!
This brings me onto the main reson for writing this. I want to offer everyone the opportunity to experience a pain-free and stress-free start to the new year with a discount on 60 minute treatments throughout January:
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(Offer is limited to one treatment per person and must be redeemed by 01/03/15. This promotion runs from 07/01/15-31/01/15 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer)
So... what resolutions have you made with yourself, and have you managed to stick to them so far?