I am sharing a few of my holistic self care practices with you. I didn't wake up one day and add all these at once to my daily routine. I slowly added what I needed into my day to day. Each presenting itself when my body was asking. Taking care of my skin, teeth, gums, and overall health, both mental and physical. Not only do these practices help me stay fresh physically but they help PREVENT illness. These practices have also helped strengthen my confidence. How does cleansing my body and applying self care practices help me gain confidence? When you start to take care of yourself in a more nurturing way you are proclaiming that you love yourself enough to take care of yourself. Acts of service is a love language for your body. I hope you enjoy this blog series- Easy Self Care Practices.
Trigger Point therapy
Following a bath apply a CBD rub of your choice to areas of tension. I apply it to my sore muscles and it works great.
For Trigger Point Therapy I use a LAX or Tennis ball at home. Look it up online or ask someone who specializes in this type of therapy to help guide you safely.
Yin yoga is one of my favorites types of yoga. If you have never tried it, pop into a studio that offers it, or look it up online. 'Yin yoga is a passive practice, Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of fascia.'- YogaJounral.com
For Tui- na feel free to contact Scott M. at Massage Envy in Clairmont. He is a great! I have been seeing him for over a year and have seen great results. From tension release to helping correct alignment in my body, especially in my feet.
I couple this with chiropractic work. Chiropractic has helped with my tension headaches and to keep my body in correct alignment.
Muscle tapping is a newer practice for me. I realize whenever I am in pain I find myself tapping on the area to find relief. Turns out this is a thing! Look it up.
Breath work.... This is a BIG one. I won't sit here and pretend I do this. It is on this list because it is a powerful tool to help with so much of the physical ailments as well as any mental and emotional. I avoid this like the plague. I know its my answer to letting go of tension yet I continue to hold my breath. An unconscious habit I have practiced since childhood. This is my biggest area of work at the moment. It is hard to sit with myself and practice breathing, yet how good does it feel when you do!? The proof is in the pudding on this one. Knowing that when I breathe, I breathe in life, energy- Prana. There are many different types of breath work you can practice but for me I am choosing to keep it simple and practice what I need and that is to simple breathe out. SLOW inhales and SLOW open mouth exhales. For me its practicing breathing out, uncleaching and releasing. Find what style of breath work works best for you.
Refer to my blog post 'I Can(t) Meditate' for a more detailed list of the different types of relaxation techniques.
These practices are only a suggested guide, I urge you to research further and find out the practices that work best for you and your body.
Stay tuned for more holistic practices to come..
-Mental health practices