Mid back Release.⁣⁣
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That slouching life reduces mobility in the opposite direction👉🏽👉🏽 Thoracic Extension. ⁣⁣

When we slouch (thoracic flexion), we put excessive strain on the muscles in the mid back and the neck because the weight of our bodies is held forward.

We slouch when we do office work, social media, housework and raising small children.

However, thoracic extension (standing up straight and the ability to extend backwards) is important for healthy posture.⁣⁣
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When lifting things, you need to set your scapula (shoulder blades) back and down and this can only really be achieved if you have healthy mobility in this area.⁣⁣

Not only that, long-term slouching can lead to chronic pain that can manifest as headaches, migraines, rib pain, shortness of breath and tension in the neck and upper traps.
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Using the B roller by B Yoga I am doing a dynamic release of my midback while also opening up my chest muscles and working on core.

⁣⁣It is a self-massage, stretching and strengthening exercise all in one.
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I love this product because it has a smaller diameter than a foam roller and it is made of cork! ⁣⁣

The design is compact and it’s aesthetically pleasing.
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Try this exercise with tools around your house and let me know how much taller and energized you feel.⁣⁣
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I forgot where I put my keys…. Then I forgot where I put my wallet. Where did I put my glass of water again?

Overwhelm.

Anxiety.

Analysis Paralysis.

A high speed life, can lead to anxiety and panic. This activates the stress response which believe it or not can work against you when it comes to finding clarity and solutions for problem solving.

Clarity Emerges from a Grounded Mind.

Dr. Blessyl Buan

Grounding is the act of slowing down.

Return to your breath.

Return to your senses.

Reset your mind.

Stop the stress and defensive response.

Ignite creativity, innovation and flow.

Chronic pain, headaches, upper body tension, jaw pain and hand and wrist pain are physical manifestations of stress. In my practice, I prescribe the following grounding exercises to help my patients to find inner piece and to free their brains from the stress response. This in turn, promotes their power to heal.

1. Get your hands dirty

As adults, we don’t do this as often as we should. Planting, baking, painting, working with clay are all examples of ways that we can bring the tactile experience back to our life. Being tactile, allows us to be fully present with the experience. Perhaps this is why the slime craze is so popular among kids and adolescents. They need the slime for stress relief!

2. Immerse yourself in nature

It’s often advised the walking in nature is healing. It prompts you to look, listen and feel what is around you. They don’t call it “forest bathing” for nothing.

3.Surround yourself with art for a dose of inspiration

Beautiful objects and images inspire. They make your heart sing. They give you ideas of what you want to manifest for yourself. Beauty is everywhere if you open your eyes to it.

4. Journal on paper

Typing thoughts don’t have the same tactile experience of writing it down on paper. You are forced to slow down. Feel the ink interact with the paper. Doodle. Draw. Avoid writing inside of the lines. See the magic emerge.

5.Turn on Music and Dance

Music is like a portal that can take you to another world where all things are possible. Allow your body to embody the music. Feel the down beat, the crescendo and decrescendo of the music. Where does breath lie in the music? How does the rhythm allow you to breathe?

Try it out. Embrace your inner child and note how you feel. If you have children, it’s also important they have a chance to feel grounded.

Grounded families are happy families.