Generally speaking, the most common areas for pain are neck, shoulders and back.
Let's talk about your back!
There are many reasons for back pain, be it an old injury or a new sensation in your body resulting from too much pressure, or you've been using your back to compensate for your core. Knowing the root cause of the pain is essential to creating a solution. With that in mind, below are some tips to help navigate the pain and relief stress/ tension in your back, and also your body.
1- RESTORATIVE YOGA: Give yourself 20 minutes, morning or evening to gently move your body with focus on the fascia, this yoga flow helps stretch, decompress and decrease inflammation.
2- FOAM ROLLER: This is a great tool to have on deck. Foam rolling has been proven to be beneficial for the back, legs and even lengthens the spine. It's a major decompressor and needs a little bit of technique to practice. Keep your heels down and hands behind your head to support your neck as you foam, avoid foaming the low back, focus on the mid and upper back. You might hear a few cracks as your spine releases.
3-ACUPRESSURE MAT: Mimicking acupressure points, this nifty tool will surprise you. Definitely a little uncomfortable to lay on. Once you lean into the discomfort you'll start to reap the benefits; getting tingly sensations all around the back and neck. Improves circulation in the back and helps release tension.
4- BLOCKS: Not only do they work amazingly at enhancing your yoga practice, blocks can assist in supporting your back while you work to relax specific muscles in and around the area. Go to poses; for low back pain is supported bridge pose with a block. For mid back pain, fish pose with two blocks placed in a t shape one along your spine and one supporting your head. Your back will thank you!
Take time for these practices and you will yourself more in touch with your body, more in sync with your mind and more at peace with your back.
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