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How to Dissolve Trigger Points Through Your Upper Back, Shoulders, and Neck

SKLZ Accustick - Trigger Point and Tension Relief Self-Massage Tool: https://amzn.to/2QGgUU7

When looking to diminish knots or areas of hypertonicity in any muscle group, it can be highly effective to actively move an underlying joint through its natural range of motion while apply steady pressure to the muscle belly that is tight. Read more about How to Dissolve Trigger Points Through Your Upper Back, Shoulders, and Neck

 

Love Liberates

I am deeply grateful to have Maya Angelou to turn to whenever I need an injection of all that is good in life. Morning and night, even if I don't have much else to meditate on, I remember this from Maya:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Thank you for all that you gave us, Maya. Thank you. Read more about Love Liberates

 

What To Do If You Have A Tendency To Throw Out Your Back

This is a simple routine of spinal mobility exercises that I have long found useful to those who have a tendency to "throw out" their back or experience chronic and intermittent back pain from various sprains and strains, including those involving intervertebral discs. Read more about What To Do If You Have A Tendency To Throw Out Your Back

 

Let Me Go

Originally posted in November of 2014

Sometimes, you hear a song that your soul connects with from the first listen. It's a lovely experience, really, and last night, I put an app called Shazam to good use in identifying the name of this tune that grabbed me within seconds.

Hero, by Family of the Year, feels like it was written for many of us during our coming of age years. Sometimes, you feel immense weight on your heart, and you just want to be free of worry and expectations.

I'm told that this song is a part of the soundtrack for a film that I'd really like to see - it's called Boyhood, and was shot over 12 years by Richard Linklater, chronicling the story of a boy and his family from the time he was 6. Remarkably, Richard cast the actors of this film when the lead was 6 years old, and they gathered once a year to continue shooting. Read more about Let Me Go

 

Yellow

“If we’re going to be called yellow, we’re going to make it beautiful.”

- Jon Chu, Director of Crazy Rich Asians

For the story of how this Chinese-language cover of Yellow came to underscore the final part of Crazy Rich Asians, please read: Read more about Yellow

 

Release Tight Shoulders

This is a look at how to use a massage ball to release a tight shoulder. Specifically, how to work out hypertonicity through the rhomboids and the muscles that make up the bulk of the posterior shoulder region - teres minor, infraspinatus, posterior deltoid, and the lats.

The ball used in this video can be found here:

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Very Easy Make Happy

Many thanks and respect to Kane from BuzzFeed and his lovely mom for sharing this with the world. Very easy make happy indeed. :) Read more about Very Easy Make Happy

 

How to Stretch Out Tight Trap Muscles (Upper Shoulder & Lower Neck)

These are two stretches that are effective for stretching out chronically tight trapezius muscles.

Tight traps can be a cause of intermittent shoulder and neck pain, as well as limited back and neck mobility.

Be sure that your body is well warmed up before you do these stretches, and as always, err on the side of the conservative. Read more about How to Stretch Out Tight Trap Muscles (Upper Shoulder & Lower Neck)

 

All of this mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie.

Juggling and Balance Exercises

Here are some other balance exercises from our YouTube video library:

Variations of squats:
https://youtu.be/ISSnfN9Eulc

Purposeful movement for balance:
https://youtu.be/6DrRRS1H7UI

Deep squat for balance:
https://youtu.be/_r8i_T5Dr1M Read more about Juggling and Balance Exercises

 

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