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Posts Tagged ‘sore muscles’

No Slack-Jawed Yokel Here

Posted by terrepruitt on January 12, 2012

What?  What does THAT mean, right?  Well, as you know this blog was originally started to share Nia with the world.  But as you also know, I don’t feel that I need to post about Nia and my Nia classes every post.  I do feel I need to mention them in every post . . . . just to remind you about it!  🙂  So where am I going with this title and this post?  Sigh.  Confession time.  Yes, forgive me readers for I am more-than-not-perfect and I want to share with you a habit I have.  It is one of those habits that I don’t even know I am doing until I stop doing it and I sense the results of having done it.  It is also an unhealthy habit (I am calling it that because in no way does it contribute to my health and well-being).  I have been sitting at my computer for the last hour and a half — ha!  No, that is not the unhealthy habit I am talking about! I have been doing some work.  It is work that is taking a bit of concentration because I am searching for information.  I was searching and trying to think of ways and places I can find what I am looking for.  So I was concentrating really hard.  When I decided to stop I realized my jaw muscles were sore.  I stopped and thought about it and I realized I was probably clenching my jaw!  I can’t recall if I was grinding my teeth or not, but I KNOW I had to have been clenching my jaw because it is very sore right now.  Geez!  So that is what I mean by there is no slack-jawed yokel here!

Nia teacher, Nia class, Nia practice, Nia movement, muscle soreness, Nia San Jose, San Jose NiaSome of you might now know who THE slack-jawed yokel is.  He is a character on the Simpsons.  He is one of those people who you feel sorry for at the same time he annoys you because he is so not-smart.  But my jaw is tense and not slack, yet I still thought of him.  He is Cletus, the Slack-Jawed Yokel.  You can click here for his theme song.  As you know the title Yokel is not something to use for anyone . . . except maybe a made up character on a cartoon show.  So please forgive me if you find this offensive, I do watch the Simpsons every once in a while and he is one of the characters and so his title popped into my head as I was trying to figure out why my jaw was so sore and tense.

After I thought about what I had to have been doing to make my jaw sore, I looked it up.  The one site I read mentioned wearing a mouth guard.  Since I am thinking I am not grinding my teeth, I think a mouth guard would not solve the problem of clenching my jaw and could make my jaw muscles even more sore.  Unless just the fact that I have plastic in my mouth would make me think NOT to clench my jaw.  Another comment was about maybe caffeine being a cause which made me laugh because I have not been having coffee daily, but today I had some.  But I also have not been working on this project before so . . . . that is something I will have to pay attention to.  (Caffeine + project vs. project caffeine-free)

What about you?  Do you find yourself clenching your jaw?  Do you hold tension in your shoulders and/or neck?  Do you have any suggestions to offer?

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Ball Massager

Posted by terrepruitt on July 7, 2011

While I was doing a Nia DVD today, I kept sensing some discomfort in my back.  I have a spot, a muscle I guess, that sometimes becomes “whiny”.  I think that particular spot on my back, directly next to my backbone to the right, right at the edge of my shoulder-blade, holds all of my stress and tension.  When it came to the floorplay exercise portion of the Nia workout I was focused on my back.  It was really getting my attention.  I have had a student assisting me with my toe/foot and she often says she is “releasing it”.  I wondered if I could touch my back and “release” it.  So I did.  I pressed on the spot that was speaking to me so loudly.  It seemed to help.  I believe in the power of touch.  But since it is a place on my back that is needing touch it is not easy for me to get the entire area.  While I was laying on the floor I was wishing I had a tennis ball to roll on.

Have you ever heard that?  Using a tennis ball to massage your back.  I had a friend who mentioned to me that she was told to put a couple of tennis balls in a sock and roll on them.  You can roll on them against a wall or on the floor, whichever is most comfortable for you.  I had heard to use the balls, but I hadn’t heard of the sock until she mentioned it.  The tennis balls could be used to massage more than just your back, you could roll it under your legs or on your arms.

I don’t have tennis ball, but I do have a rather large “super ball”.  I don’t know if that is what it is called, but that is what I remember we used to call them when I was young.  You know those balls that bounce really well?  It is a “The Incredibles” ball.  It is kind of old so it is yellowed.  It is also really hard.  Much more hard than a tennis ball and a little smaller.  I remembered that the last time I saw it I had used it for my foot and it was in the entertainment center.  How convenient?  It was right there.  YAY!

At first I tried using it while laying on the floor.  That didn’t work so well because it was difficult to roll on the floor without using my elbows which, in doing so, caused me to rise away from the ball.  Plus the ball is really hard.  So I used it with the wall.  I leaned on the ball while it was on the wall.  WOW!  Awesome.  I think the muscle that gets annoyed is small and there was almost a clicking sound as the ball rolled over it.  That is how tight and grumpy it was.  As I mentioned, I had used the ball on my feet before, it is a great foot massagerm just rolling it under my foot, but I hadn’t used it on my back.  Glad I thought of that.

So what do you think?  Have you heard of using tennis balls to massage sore muscles?  Have you ever tried it?  Do you use the sock method?  Oh do tell, I would love to hear about it.  It could definitely help with DOMS.  What do you say?

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Epsom Salt

Posted by terrepruitt on November 30, 2010

After my Nia class this week, my students told me soak my toe in an epsom salt bath.  I had actually been told about them before.  They have been around forever.  Ya know one of those things that used to be used in simpler times when there wasn’t something fancy to take its place.  It is a natural mineral, magnesium sulfate.

I had originally been told about them for sore muscles.  In fact a lot of bath salt products on the market contain magnesium sulfate.  The instructions on the container state to use two cups of the salts in a tub of water and soak.  The mineral is absorbed into the skin and it helps reduce inflammation and soreness.  This can help with sprains and strains and muscles that have been exercised.  A soak in water with epsom salts can also help relive itching of some illnesses or issues.

Epsom salt is thought to help relax the body as well as the mind and draw toxins out of the body.  Soaking one’s feet can help both neutralize foot order and make the skin soft.  Soaking in water with salts in it can help soften the skin, but the salts themselves can also be used as an exfoliator.  Rubbing the skin while wet then rinsing throughly.  Also the salts can be used to help with acne and breakouts.

Now that I actually have a container of them I might start using them more often to soak my feet and exfoliate them.  How about you?  Have you used them before?

Just as a note:  Table salt is sodium chloride it is different substance than magnesium sulfate.

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