Shared from a PurePro-Products for Pain Relief and Massage facebook post....
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."
Remember to put the glass down.
(Courtesy of Jimmy Harmon)
I had the privilege to begin volunteering at the radiation therapy room at a local hospital today. I provide hand and foot massages to those patients receiving radiation therapy as well as whoever is with them. Could be their spouse, child, or just a friend. I sat there amazed at the courage and strength each patient had. A few spoke of their fears at new treatments that were being talked about. One cried as she spoke of how scared she was to begin chemotherapy due to what she had seen family members go through. A couple said they are bringing their spouse next week. I left there today with a mixture of emotions. Tears welled up in my eyes and a knot formed in my throat as I walked to my car. I thought, "Lord, I did so little today but it seemed to make a difference". I felt so humbled and honored to have been able to be a tiny part of a moment in their day.
I am blessed!
All of us own a computer, cell phone, IPad, or Kindle and spend many a hour typing, texting, reading or playing games. Have you ever noticed where your head is? Yes, I know it is on top of your shoulders...but is it? Forward Head Posture is a real condition. Did you know your head weighs between 8-12 lbs and for every inch our head moves forward that weight increases by 10 lbs.? So when we are texting on our phones or typing on a computer at home, or at work, our head lowers, our upper back rounds, shoulders rotate inward, and our hips rotate forward. This causes tension in the neck and shoulder muscles (being stretched) and your chest muscles (being shortened/contracted). Why does this matter? This lack of alignment can lead to headaches, shoulder pain, lower back pain, and possible cervical issues later in life. So next time you pick up your cell phone or sit at your computer ask yourself…What’s Up With My Posture?
Massage Therapist specializing in Therapeutic, Oncology, and Geriatric massage.