If you wake up every day and have to deal with aches and pains…being stiff and sore EVERYWHERE…like me…then please read ON!
What’s frustrating is that, if it’s not pain associated with trauma or pathology, rarely do we know what causes it.
I know, this really stinks, but it’s actually quite useful from a survival standpoint. See, our bodies crave energy conservation and efficiency. Moving less means we conserve more energy. But, because of this, we also distribute the load more poorly, causing our aches and pains (Zac Cupples, 2023).
And if not managed well, feeling stiff and sore will impact our lives negatively…we can’t do want we want and love every day.
The FIRST step to help manage our aches and pains is REDUCING MUSCULAR TENSION.
So, we need strategies that help reduce general tension in our bodies…
KEYS (Zac Cupples, 2023):
1. SIDE LYING: Increases front to back body dimensions
2. NASAL BREATHE: Low tension breathing style
3. Move SUPER SLOW: Produces little tension
The exercise I have for you today addresses all three. Very gentle rolling teaches us to move without producing any tension. Check it out below!
Here’s what you’re gonna need: -Clear/Comfortable space. -Something for your head/neck -Foam roller
Here’s what you’re gonna do: 🌬️FULL MOUTH EXHALE to start: get rid of some stale air 👃NASAL ONLY breathing throughout. Breath should NOT BE AUDIBLE! Find a comfortable rhythm.
😴 Be your BEST LAZY SELF when performing this move. 💡GOAL: To move without feeling like anything is happening… NOT to move as far as you can. Be EFFORTLESS throughout this entire roll. Feel like you’re doing NOTHING;) 💤Move SLOWLY and EASILY. Be LAZY. ✔️Rest your eyes if you wish.
Check out my video below. 🔊 Sound ON!
THE CUPPLES ROLL:
-Lie on your RIGHT SIDE. Head/Neck comfortable.
-Place LEFT LEG on the roller, with your knee below hip as demonstrated.
-Place LEFT ARM across your chest as demonstrated.
-RIGHT ARM positioned as
💡Maintain a STRAIGHT LINE between your NOSE, CHEST, and ZIPPER as best you can.
-This straight line moves SLOWLY toward the ground as your leg rolls forward.
-Repeat: 20-25x/RIGHT SIDE ONLY
Notice how you move and feel afterward. Different than normal?
Practice DAILY as part of your normal body maintenance ritual and enjoy feeling better afterward!
Dedicated to your health and longevity,
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