Tennis Ball Techniques for Tight Muscles

Posted from Yoga International: Tennis Ball Techniques for Tight Muscles BY Nema Nyar ON March 11, 2015 Imagine you have a friend small enough to fit in your purse or briefcase who will give you nightly massages, easing stress, fatigue, and muscle tension all for a onetime cost of about $3. Think yellow. Think tennis balls. The procedure is simple: place a tennis ball on a part of the body that is sore or tight and rest your weight on it. The pressure softens tight muscles and increases circulation. Dancers have long used tennis ball self-massage to work out their kinked-up muscles, and body workers frequently prescribe the practice for clients healing from chronic injuries. Asana practitioners searching for ways to increase flexibility and comfort in their...

Low Back Issues, Shorter Leg? Relief is here!

From Yoga International Remember a morning when curling up into a ball and pulling the covers over your head seemed the only reasonable response to the upcoming day? Contraction into the fetal position may seem like one of the less debilitating responses to stress, but it’s rarely an option—at least not one with a satisfactory result. Nevertheless, part of the stress response hardwired into our nervous system is the contraction of the major flexors of the torso—somewhat like the response of a caterpillar if you poke it with a twig. A verbal jab from a co-worker, the close call on the freeway, a long-standing argument with your spouse, free-floating anxiety—all of these elicit a contraction in the flexors. This is the tightening in the gut, the hunching of the...

Make your own Natural Cough Drops

From HealthyHolisticLiving.com How to Make Your Very Own All Organic, Natural Cough Drops When the temperature starts dropping we all know what’s around the corner: cold and flu season. When you’re fighting a cold you may find yourself reaching for some cough drops. Cough drops can be a good way to ease the pain of a sore throat or lingering cough, but not all drops are created equal. Sure there are some drops that mostly soothe a sore throat with honey or cooling mint, but those are often packed with sugar. Other cough drops are filled with medications that may do more harm than good. Menthol, a common medication in cough drops, may elevate your heart rate when used in too high of doses. Your best bet is to stick to natural remedies when you’re trying to fight a...