Remember when we introduced the idea of taking ridiculously small steps to improve our health and life, we discussed taking steps so small that it was impossible to fail. Well our Ridiculously Small Step Number Four is certainly just that.
We subscribe to Dr James Chestnut’s ideas for creating the health we were born to have. We believe his programme of Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well is the road map to better health and vitality.
Your regular Chiropractic Care is contained within the Move Well part of the map and our Ridiculously Small Step Number Four is also about moving.
Did you know that stretching can contribute to bone health?
Gently stretching can also:
1. Relax the mind and tune the body
2. Stimulate the flow of nerve, lymphatic fluids and energy currents in the body
3. Reduce muscle tension
4. Increase your range of motion
5. Help prevent injuries
6. Develop and increase body awareness
7. Help you to feel fantastic!
all for just a few minutes of your time.
Cats know all about stretching. Cats stretch slowly and gracefully.
Stretching like a cat is about becoming conscious and aware of all parts of your body individually. Stretching can be done at any time but is particularly beneficial first thing in the morning.
Open your hands and and flex your fingers, stretching them wide – just like a cat opening her claws – then stretch your arms out wide. Arch your back and flex your toes and ankles and then rotate your feet – first one way and then the other. The Chinese believe this one action (rotating your feet from your ankles first one way and then the other) when done daily, will increase your longevity!
Even after having a short nap, cats always stretch.
Many of us spend long hours sitting at computers. By gently stretching our legs, arms, wrists and back every hour or so will help to prevent many of the problems caused by sedentary jobs. Rotate shoulders forwards and backwards to help free up stored tension. Begin by using the Ridiculously Small Step Number Four today, to continue along the road to improving your health slowly, gently and naturally!
If you are really serious about stretching you can find more gentle stretches at:
Next Week: Ridiculously Small Step Number Five