Receiving a Massage Makes you Smarter

busybeeThere are two complementary systems to our bodies Nervous system called the Parasympathetic Nervous System and the Sympathetic Nervous System. The Parasympathetic Nervous System is in charge of your at-rest body systems that are responsible for the “rest-and-digest” activities. The Sympathetic Nervous System does the opposite and is responsible for the “Flight-or-Fight” response which helps from running from Tigers and Bears.

When we are at rest, in the Parasympathetic System, most of our blood circulates around our heart and brain. In this space we are able to feel our surroundings, and think clearer. When we are in stress our nervous system goes in to the Sympathetic phase and most of the bodies blood goes away from the brain and head and into our limbs to run away from whatever is stressing us.

In today’s society with so many distractions and things-to-do we are often in a constant state of stress and anxiety. We are so busy we often do not take the time to rest and repair ourselves. If you are in a constant state of Stress your Sympathetic Nervous System is constantly producing acids and feelings of “get-me-out-of-here”. When it comes to making business and life decisions, you may observe that making decisions in a state of peace are better than decisions made in a time of stress.

Observe a Medic, Doctor, Performers, or Pro Athletes which perform in pressure situations and the ones that do the best are the ones who can remain calm during a stressful situation. By practicing to stay in the moment of peace, one can persevere through stressful situations. By being aware of which state you are in and by practicing both you can better understand when you need to change from one to the other.

By taking a moment in meditation or reflection, is the space to recalibrate what our purpose in life is. Massage is one of those activities that can get you into a space of Parasympathetic activation. When one can take a moment and not think or speak you will drop into peace. Getting a Massage gets you in touch with your body and resets the blood flow back into your heart and brain. More blood in the Brain will make you smarter, which will lead to better Decision-Making , which leads to more money and time to do things that make you happy.

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Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Walking Meditation

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For all those over-thinkers who can’t get out of their head, thinking about your feet is a great mediation exercise. When one thinks about how their feet touch the ground, it helps you forget about repetitive or useless thoughts. It’s like you are sucking all the excess thoughts out of your head and using it as glue to connect with the Earth. If you really think about it, with all that thinking do you really get more done? Taking a break and feeling your body touch the earth will help your conscious rest and your subconscious will come up with better ideas. Plus when you take time to rest your body the mind has a better house to settle in.

Massage Therapy

Massage is really great for loosening very tight walking muscles. When you have been walking for decades incorrectly it is difficult to just go cold turkey and all of a sudden start successfully walking the correct way. Improper technique has become a habit and breaking habits takes some time to undo. After decades of walking incorrectly overstretched muscles can be very difficult to engage. Overstretched muscles will usually be the muscles that are causing the pain. Flexing these muscles will keep them from becoming more stretched and once flexed they will stretch the over used tight muscles which exhibit no pain. “Typical toe outward” people will have tight outside legs and over stretched inside legs.

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Massage can help get you started walking correctly because massage techniques such as cross fiber friction can help break up scar tissue muscles. Once these tight muscles can relax a bit it will be easier to flex and strength the overstretched muscles. Knots and ropey muscles are overstretched muscles. They have become this way because when a muscle is overstretched it must protect itself by hardening itself. The overstretched muscles are the ones that exude the pain because the tendon is about to ripped from the bone. Tight muscles are the real cause which usually exudes no pain because they are stealing the space from the overstretched muscles. It is like a tug a war in your body. The best way to resolve the battle is to balance the scale. Flex overstretched muscles and stretch the tight ones. You can rub overstretched muscles all day and it will have very little lasting effect. By stretching and lengthening the tight muscle that gives off no pain will have more beneficial relief to the overstretched muscle.

Check the StretchFlex Technique it is vastly superior to just stretching a muscle. It works just how sounds – Stretch the tight muscle one direction and then Flex the painful muscle the opposite direction.

Yoga: Chair Pose

There are not too many exercise for the inside legs besides walking but there is one in particular that will let you know about your inside legs. The Chair Pose!

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To really access the inside leg muscles it is important to have a firm object in between your knees or thighs like a soft soccer ball, Yamana ball, firm pillow, yoga block, or a bouncy red ball.

Put the firm object between your knees and squeeze them tighter and strike the Chair Pose. Feel the inside leg burn and push your inside feet downwards into the ground.

It is important to feel these muscles as this will add more awareness to your walking technique and you will know if you are walking correctly or not. Step Point 3 & 4 is all inside legs and is imperative to a correct walking posture.

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Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

The Path of the Spleen Meridian through the Arch of the Foot

The Path of the Spleen Meridian through the Arch of the Foot

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Immune System – Protects the Body

In Acupuncture the meridian points in the fingers and toes are toning the corresponding organs. In the feet the Meridians are the Spleen, Liver, Stomach, Gall Bladder, Bladder, and the Kidneys. These organs help with overall strength and the immune system. Each of the toning points of organs encircles all areas of the foot. So it is important to tone the muscles of the foot evenly. If a part of the foot is often skipped by lack of circulation and stimulation that organ will have low energy or restricted flow making the organ “tired” or “sluggish”.

So walking correctly and excising the whole foot will increase overall energy and a stronger immune system.

Lymphatic System – Cleans the Body

In the circulation system the heart is the muscle that moves the blood throughout the body. In the lymphatic system there is no singular muscle that moves the water throughout your body. The lymph’s are in your arm pits, breasts, between the legs, and calves. When the surrounding muscles are flexed this pumps the water throughout the body. So walking and exercising is one of the best ways for water circulation. Where there is circulation there is healing and strength.

Massage is one of the best ways to support the lymphatic system. Squeezing muscles helps pump water through tight muscles.

 

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

monkeyWalking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Now that you have worked on improving your range of motion and getting some flexibility in your feet, now it is easier to work on some more intricate helpful techniques.

Our Muscles and joints work best when we can flex and stretch them to their full capacity. This is also very important with the feet. As a society we bind our feet in shoes that either have to big of a sole. Walking correctly really requires being able to feel the ground and squeeze the Earth below us. Our hands and feet have the same muscles; we should be just as strong in our feet as our hands.

It is important to master the beginning 1-4 Parts before being successful at this section.

1. When your leg is swinging forward, relax your foot and hit Step Point 1. Feel your foot spread out and open as wide as possible.
2. When you move toward Step Point 2 and 3 begin to flex your foot and really grip the ground.
3. When Moving through Step Point 3 and 4 your foot will begin stretching to its full range of motion outward.
4. Follow through – Like in every sport follow through is important. When your foot has left the ground keep pointing the toe inward and pointed and feel the full length stride.

This part is important to feel the full range of your foot fully relaxed and fully flexed in every stride that you take.

Note: Most Yoga Instructor talk about “old age starts in the toes”. When atrophy starts in your toes the rigidness slowly goes up our body and your joints become like concrete. Each joint becomes less and less flexible.
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Also getting a Massage 1-2 times a month is best to counter a full 40 hours a week at desk.

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

To keep the integrity of you arch requires having good dexterity in your feet. Gripping the ground and resisting the pull of gravity is important.

In Part 3, Between Step Point 2 & 3 is when you flex your outside foot to the inside foot. At this point is where you want to grip the ground. Squeeze the ground and feel yourself holding your body up. Falling arches is due to flaccid and sloppy foot technique which allows your feet to flop around. Strong feet will have strong arches. Plantar Fasciitis and Falling arches can be prevented here. This technique is so detail and requires so much patience to understand that a bone just a 1/16th of an inch out of place can cause extreme debilitating pain. With a little foot flexing, many of your foot pain issues will go away.

The StretchFlex Technique for your Arch. Step on a tennis ball and massage the ball along your arch while flexing and stretching your foot. <<>

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches