Way to Stretch!

As a medical massage therapist, Here’s what I know about stretching:

Stretching is a dialogue between muscles and nerves.  It’s always seemed downright sweet to me, not to mention, prudent, that the nerves respond to a stretch with a built-in response mechanism called a reflex to keep the muscle from being stretched too far–to the point of injury.   Unfortunately, the response often triggers a spasm which is a muscle contraction designed to stopping inhibit the stretch NOW.  Quick, jerky movements are highly excitable to the nervous system, triggering the response and cold tissue is more likely to spasm as well.

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Everywoman–of a certain age

The CHANGE    

Meet my friend, Lola

She’s in her mid-60’s, smack-dab int he middle of the baby boomer generation.   Divorced, she’s accustomed to living alone. She’s happy to be the mother of a good mother.  Deeply involved with her grandkids, she’s enamored beyond belief–who knew?                                                                                                         

She had a successful marriage for approximately 15 years then she experienced a change. Many people call menopause THE CHANGE.  Maybe it is.  But maybe the change is more than hormones in need of replacement.  Maybe THE CHANGE is a change of heart and a change of mind.

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Last Day in Spain

 

On this last day in Spain,  I’m reviewing my visits here…
The colors that I associate with Spain are blue and orange–the sky and all the tiled roofs and buildings.
All things Spanish seem to be of terra cotta and marble– lots of marble:  marble floors, marble walls, tiles of marble, stairs of marble– slippery when wet–cool in the heat– resilient yet breakable. Ancient and beautiful, what is older than stone?
Like agates, each piece is a work of art…

Head too heavy?

Do you sometimes feel that your head is too heavy and your neck is too tight to turn?

Remind your self to use your headrest and take advantage of the support.                         Here’s where a little “self-talk” comes in–be conscious of relaxing the neck muscles that you are not using when you rest your head against something.

In that moment, a release can make all the difference.                                                       Exhale the tension that has built up–really empty your lungs as you sit with your head agains the top of the couch or the backrest of your car–or wherever…

It only takes a few moments to change your situational discomfort.  And the relief becomes worth the effort–believe me.

Don’t confuse stiffness with decrepitude

Don’t confuse stiffness with decrepitude. Turn on some music and dance a little–you’ll soon smooth out your moves and groove.

Just because we are stiff, does not necessarily mean that we are arthritic or “losing it”. When you move and stretch to music, you find a way to unlock those stiff, rigid muscles. Go ahead–try it–you’ll see.

Research shows that music stimulates motor cells (muscles) using a different part of the brain.

During WWI, patients who were shell-shocked and catatonic, began to move and even dance in ways the medical community would not say is possible when they heard familiar music.

Experiencing some polio-effects, I can relate.  When I walk, I seem to have more power and movement possible when I’m grooving to my tunes.

Fürth–who knew?

 

Yay!  We decided to take in one more little town before flying back home.  Near the Nuremberg Airport is Fuerth (pronounced, Furt), a town that Ellioto had visited before; he thought that I might like it.

 

Oh yes–  I loved it the moment I stepped into the quaint little hotel lobby.  Although part of the Quality Inn group— it’s called, Hotel Bavaria and has all the markings of a boutique hotel—including a brand new sauna—European style. Quite nice.  Large and sturdy, wood-framed windows opened into the night, lit softly by the street-lights, inviting in the old world charm.

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Kindness in the Subway

Ellioto is a mass-transit-kind-of traveler.  He loves the hunt, the economy and the expediency.  So when we travel, taxis and Uber, etc. are considered only when public transport doesn’t make sense.  Sometimes we rent a car but usually we (he) study the maps and figure it out.

Grumpy when the elevators/lifts/escalators aren’t working, I grudgingly pull my weighty luggage and feel quite sorry for myself.

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