It’s impossible to completely escape stress in your daily life. You may not know this, but not all stress is conscious. Your autonomic nervous system (ANS) controls all of your bodily functions. And it is constantly running under some level of stress.
To achieve optimal health your body, mind, and nervous system need to dump stress every day. If you don’t download your stress, it accumulates and causes more complex issues over time.
Stress can manifest in a variety of ways. It’s common to show up as tension and tightness in your body. Do you wake up tired or feeling sore and stiff? Maybe you think it’s caused by your busy schedule, your yoga practice, or another workout.
It may be true that you are sore from exercise and that your job is stressful. You have deadlines, responsibilities, and spend long hours sitting at the computer. But I have good news for you, you don’t have to feel this way. You can shift this pattern without spending a month on a deserted island or in a cabin in the woods! You can learn to bring yourself relief.
Become a Roll Model® and learn self-massage with the Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls.
These body friendly rubber balls are grippy and pliable. Not only do they help you treat your tight muscles, they are also tools that reduce stress. The therapy balls are designed to stick to your skin so they traction and shear the tissue. Rolling stimulates the nerve endings in your fascia that turn off the pain signals in your body. Activating these sensory receptors induces relaxation and allows for tension to subside. Over time this creates lasting change in your ANS.
You may be saying, “I don’t have time for another thing!”
I know your time is valuable. All you need is 10 minutes a day. Each day target a different area in your body where you hold stress and tension. Every so often treat yourself to a longer session. After rolling you are sure feel better in your body. Your posture improves, stiffness decreases, and you move more optimally.
Like anything else in life, it requires regularity. Taking time to unwind your body, mind, and nervous system each day will train your system to unwelcome stress and tension from sticking. In the time it may take you to wind down and fall asleep you can roll your way to a sound slumber and wake up feeling refreshed.
To get started, learn the Yoga Tune Up® and Roll Model Method® Techniques with me, or another certified practitioner.
And for those of you who already roll, When is the last time you spent 2-hours treating yourself? Join me for my next guided self-massage. I am always creating new sequences and sharing different moves.
ROLL-ief: Guided Self-Massage
with Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls
May 7, Sept 10, Nov 5
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Stacey Rosenberg, E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT / Namastacey Yoga, LLC
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