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We all know people who either buy everything they want, leaving

nothing for anyone else to get them, or

people who look after everyone else and forget about themself.

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Organic Choice

These days it’s hard to know what’s healthy. It seems every other day the blogs or info being circulated through social media and the news is saying the opposite to the week before. Advertising throws around the terms “Low Fat” (often high in sugar) or Zero sugar which may be filled with another genetically modified alternative that is not so great for your body. It’s time to learn what it is you are eating, this means you ultimately will be empowered to maintain your health and through wiser decisions hopefully prevent disease.This blog is just to get you thinking as there are all sorts of articles for you to read listed studies etc.

organic-food

I”m a fan of organic produce so I decided to throw a few points in for you

Some simple things to consider

Is it organic? More supermarkets are increasing their organic ranges as well as an increase in speciality stores are becoming available. Another thing to note that sometime non-certified organic may be organic however they may not have gone through the demanding certification process.

Why choose organic when generally it costs more? The food grown is exposed to less pesticides, this means that you will consume less pesticides. I still suggest you wash your food.

Why does organic cost more? The farmer, labour, loss of crops, and attaining certification lead to higher costs.

Certified organic means the grower has to meet very high standards for this certification and there is more lost crop due to not using pesticides and herbicides. Studies involving food scans of organically grown vs conventionally grown fruit and vegetables shows a significant difference in the energy in the food being in favour of the organically grown. This is a good reason why to buy an organically grown apple for your morning tea rather than muslei  bar or conventionally grown fruit. There are studies that suggest there is no benefit to going organic, it is always important to explore any bias potential with any study that you are reading.

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Easy Upper Back Stretch

Easy Upper Back stretches

In conjunction with the chest stretches this stretch is wonderful to help relieve pain or discomfort between the shoulder blades.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting  stability, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

Rhomboids/Trapezius stretch

  • Sit up right, tall in your chair, with feet flat on the floor
  • Interlace your fingers with your arms out in front of you
Starting position for the Rhomboids (between the shoulder blades)

Starting position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius (between the shoulder blades)

  • Inhale, then on the exhale gently push your hands forward and away from you
  • When you feel a stretch hold the position for at least 10 seconds
  • Focus on breathing while stretching
Finish position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius stretch

Finish position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius stretch

*Ensure you keep your head up. If you find it difficult to feel the stretch, you may use a fixed pole to link your hands around and pull back gently to feel the stretch. Ensure you keep your feet in a wide stance to support your body weight and control the resistance level of the stretch.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, seek professional exercise advice if unsure.

To view the Trapezius stretch post Click here

To view the Chest stretches post Click here

To view the Forearm stretches post Click here

To view the Shoulder stretches post Click here

To view the Levator Scapulae muscle neck stretches post Click here

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or Click here.

Happy stretching!

This is a wonderful easy way to manage your own discomfort and feel great.

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Neck Muscle Stretch

Levator Scapulae Stretch

This is one of the best stretches to do when you spend many hours seated and working at a desk. This stretch is especially good to apply as you feel stress building up or that burning pain up the back of your neck and between the shoulder blades.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had an injury, particularly neck or shoulder, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

  • Sit on one hand, anchoring that shoulder down. Ensure both feet are flat on the floor.
  • Turn your head, roughly 45 deg, to the direction away from the anchored hand.
  • Place the other hand on top of your head and take a deep breath.
  • Slowly and gently pull the head away from the anchored side, down and forward (toward the arm pit) until a stretch is felt, or until you can not go any further. Continue breathing.
  • Repeat the stretch on the second side.
Finishing position for Levator Scapulae stretch

Finishing position for the Levator Scapulae stretch

To view the Trapezius stretch post Click here

To view the Chest stretches post Click here

To view the Forearm stretches post Click here

To view the Shoulder stretches post Click here

To view the Rhomboids/Trapezius stretch post Click here

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or Click here.

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Shoulder Stretches

As promised here is your next tip for corporate health.

The Rotator Cuff muscles are a group of four small muscles that work constantly to protect the shoulder joint. These muscles assist with rotational movements of the arm. Today’s stretches will target three of the four Rotator Cuff, Deltoids and Rhomboids. Depending on your particular muscle tightness this will influence which area you feel the muscle stretch. The rotator cuff muscles often have excessive tension from working at a computer however there are many factors that can lead to tension in these muscles.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

  • Teres Major and Posterior Deltoid
  • Sit up tall in your chair
  • Place one arm our in front, with the elbow bent and the palm facing backwards (forearm vertical)
Start position for stretching the Teres major

Starting position for stretching the Teres major

  • Grasp just above the elbow with your other hand
  • Slowly and gently pull the arm across the body to feel a stretch.
  • The stretch should be felt at the back of the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
  • Hold the position for a minimum of 10 seconds
Gently pull the arm across to feel a stretch at the back of the shoulder

Gently pull the arm across to feel a stretch at the back of the shoulder

Rotator Cuff and back of the shoulder stretches

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability such as dislocations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure

  • Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Posterior Deltoid
  • Sit up tall in your chair
  • Place one arm our in front, with the elbow bent and the palm facing down or back toward you (forearm horizontal)
Starting position for Infraspinatus and Teres minor stretch

Starting position for Infraspinatus and Teres minor stretch

  • Grasp just above the elbow with your other hand
  • Slowly and gently pull the arm across the body to feel a stretch
  • The stretch should be felt at the back of the shoulder, slightly different to the previous stretch, or between the shoulder blades
  • Hold the position for a minimum of 10 seconds
Finish position for Infraspinatus, Teres major stretch

Gently pull the arm across the body to stretch Infraspinatus, Teres major

To view the Trapezius stretch post Click here

To view the Chest stretches post Click here

To view the Forearm stretches post Click here

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or Click here.

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Office Physical Stress Relief – Forearm Stretches

Todays stretches are for the forearms.

Long hours sitting at a computer can cause these muscles to get very tight leading to wrist, hand and elbow problems or pain. It is a great idea for anyone who spends time using a computer to implement stretches regularly, rather than suffering from the discomfort of the overuse injury that often can occur.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a injury, particularly shoulder, wrist or elbow, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

Forearm Flexors

  • Sit up right, feet flat on the floor.
  • Place your arm to be stretched, out in front, with a bent elbow and palm forward (see picture).

    This is the starting position for stretching your flexors muscles in the forearm

    This is the starting position for stretching your flexors muscles in the forearm

  • The 2nd hand grasps the stretching arm’s hand, including fingers and thumb.
  • Keep the shoulders down, avoid lifting them to get into the position or moving into the stretch.
  • Gently pulling back on the fingers while straightening the arm to feel a nice comfortable stretch. You may find simply straightening the arm gives all the stretch you need, with out pulling the back much on the fingers.
  • Hold the stretch position for at least 10 seconds and repeat on the 2nd arm.

* People will have the varied ranges of movement, please do not attempt to get your hand beyond a comfortable stretch, the photos are to guide you only.

The end position for the forearm flexor muscles, hold and breathe

The end position for the Forearm Flexor muscles, hold and breathe

The other side of the forearms are our extensor muscles, below is how to stretch them.

Forearm Extensors

  • Sit up right, place your arm to be stretched, out in front, with a straight elbow and palm backward (see picture)
  • Tuck your thumb in and curl your fingers around to make a fist .
Starting position for the Forearm Extensors stretch

Starting position for the Forearm Extensors stretch

  • The 2nd hand grasps the stretching arm’s hand, securing fingers and thumb in the fist.
  • Keep the shoulders down, avoid lifting them to get into the position and while stretching.
  • Gently pulling back on the fist to feel a nice comfortable stretch, the stretch may be around the wrist or further up the arm. You may only require a small movement to feel the stretch, without pulling the back very far on the fist.
  • Hold the stretch position for at least 10 seconds and repeat on the 2nd arm.
Hold the fist and gently pull back until a comfortable stretch is achieved.

Hold the fist and gently pull back until a comfortable stretch is achieved.

Enjoy your stretching

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10 Minutes On The Road To Regain Your Health

My clients often say to me how busy they are, sharing their stories about a backlog of emails, piles of paperwork with a To-do list a mile long. I have experienced this stress and I recall the trap of an endless work load. It began with skipping breaks, less time for me and healthy habits such as exercise, often eating poorly whilst reading emails, I’m sure you get the picture. Over this period of time I gained weight, I felt stressed and exhausted, experienced low motivation and ill-health. I could see what was happening, all of it; the overload, the stress and personal neglect. In accepting a management role, it meant my days were focused on looking after a beautiful team of people, I just forgot to look after myself. Training for the role may have assisted but I did my best in the situation.

Overload leads to stress and disease

Overload leads to stress and disease

I am certainly not special or different in this case as there are so many people who sadly do the same. As previously mentioned once aware of what was happening, I made a conscious decision to do at least 10 minutes of exercise each day. Sometimes it would be broken into 2 short 5 minute walks outside and then straight back in again. Like most people I know, you are probably thinking what a waste of time, 10 mins isn’t a lot but it got me away from the desk, it was an achievable goal and it was for me. When taking this time out, the aim was to leave the work load behind and focus on breathing and enjoying my walk, stairs, squats, lunges or what ever it may be.

Enjoy some fresh air each day for healthy living

Enjoy some fresh air each day for healthy living

Some days I got a little more time, but that never transferred to the next day, it was counted as a bonus. Gradually the daily exercise increased, so after a month I increased it to a daily minimum of 15 minutes and I stuck to that too. The benefits I saw were, I felt better in myself with more energy and clarity. These small steps helped me improve my health, lower stress and get control of the work load. Gradually I built up my exercise intervals to 30-40 minutes each day.

Anytime I feel that I’m time poor, I remember to go back to 10 minutes, it’s better than nothing and I start the process again from there.

 

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Chest stretching for the corporate environment

As promised here is your next tip for corporate health.

Chest and front of shoulder stretch

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability such as dislocations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure.

position: arm to your side with both the elbow and shoulder at 90 deg angles

position: arm to your side with both the elbow and shoulder at 90 deg angles

place the forearm against the wall or door jamb, gently lean forward

place the forearm against the wall or door jamb, gently lunge forward

You can stretch you chest many different ways. Above pictured is a quick and easy technique using a door jamb or wall as your resistance points. Simply place your arm up, forearm flat and pressing against the wall/door jamb, keeping the shoulders at a normal height. Ideally with a 90 deg angle at both the elbow and shoulder joints.  Once in position take a deep breath and gently step forward, putting most of your weight onto the forward leg, slightly lunge into the stretch. Stopping when a comfortable but effective stretch, across the chest, is being felt. Hold the stretch for a minimum of 10 seconds, keep taking full breaths throughout the stretch. Repeat as required always moving into and out of stretches slowly and safely – push out of the stretch with your lunging leg. The pictures provided are single arm however a door jamb is great for doing both arms at the same time. It is important to remember to lunge into and out of the stretch rather than leaning, as leaning can lead to injury.

Start position for postural reset

Start position for postural reset

Another option for chest and shoulder stretching is whilst still sitting in your chair check your posture and sit up tall. put both arms by your sides with the elbows bent at 90 deg. Inhale a deep breath and slowly rotate your arms outward while keeping the upper arms by your side. you should feel the shoulder blades squeeze together at the back and a gentle stretch across the chest.

*please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability such as dislocations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure

slowly rotate arms, gently squeeze shoulders back and together

slowly rotate arms, gently squeeze shoulders back and together

You may be pleasantly surprised how much tension relief you can get from applying these stretches. Happy stretching and enjoy.

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or click here.

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What is Corporate Massage?

A massage therapist(s) comes to your workplace, they set up in either a separate relaxing space, or they will treat your team, discreetly, at their workstations with minimal interference of workplace functions.

You can also use Corporate massage to put a unique touch on your next workplace event, such as: Christmas celebrations, Team welfare/OHS days and Fundraisers.

For more details on the Corporate massage options Click here.

Corporate Massage - Happy employees

Corporate Massage – Happy employees

Why should you arrange Corporate massage for your work place?

– It’s a great way of thanking your employees, building a team culture

– Your team will feel appreciated, it shows your team that you care

– It’s great for building a team culture, at a low and tax deductible cost to the business

– Happier and energised employees

– Increases morale, motivation and productivity

– Saves your business money by reducing the costs from illness, injuries and sick days related to stress

– A great incentive for retention of key team members in your business

Stress Reduction - Better Health

Stress Reduction – Better Health

For the individuals who receive the treatments they can expect personal benefits such as:

– Relief, specific to the problem areas such as muscle tension in the neck, back, shoulders, wrist and hands.    These are all common problems in the corporate environment.

– Improves overall feeling of wellbeing, increasing energy and productivity

– Reduces stress, muscle tension, head aches, general aches and pains

– Improved alertness, clarity and concentration for greater personal performance

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Easy Tips To Reduce Shoulder & Neck Pain

The human body was not designed to sit for long periods of time let alone 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week. The nature of many corporate roles unfortunately do require this sedentary position for such long periods of time. I meet many people who resign themselves to accepting these painful aspects of their life because other people experience them too, I hear comments such as “Oh well it goes with the job”. Life can be better! you don’t have to accept the pain, if you work in a sedentary role you can make alterations to minimise the impact of the sitting for long hours day after day.

Understanding corporate lifestyle is go go go, I’m going to share with you some simple little adjustments that barely take any time, but can make a massive impact on your quality of life, reducing pain and improving posture just to name a few. We are going to start with a wonderful easy stretch that you can do while sitting at your desk.

Stretching – Do you know what stretches to do? and do you know how to do them safely? For more stretches and advice on this area please click here.

Upper Trapezius – This is one of the best stretches to do when working at a desk, especially as you feel stress building up and that burning pain across the back of your neck and shoulders. Sit on one hand, anchoring that shoulder down. Place the other hand on top of your head, take a deep breath, then pull the head slowly and gently away form the anchored side until a stretch is felt, or you can not go any further. Repeat the stretch on the second side.

*please avoid these stretches if you have had a neck injury, particularly affecting stability such as subluxations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure

sit on one hand, place the other hand on the top of your head

sit on one hand, place the other hand on the top of your head

Inhale, as you exhale slowly and gently pull your head to the opposite side to the anchored shoulder

Inhale, as you exhale slowly and gently, pull your head to the opposite side to the anchored shoulder

You can do this stretch as often as required. Hold the position for a minimum of 10 seconds. *Don’t forget to anchor the shoulder down before stretching this is important to prevent over stretching and breathe.

I have been working with people in the health industry, specifically: massage personal training, life coaching and teaching, for over 8 years. I have learnt to be realistic and not to bombard you with what’s good for you, this means I’m going to show you one change at a time.

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or click here.

Body and Mindset Wellness – Corporate Massage in Melbourne, Australia

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