It’s quite simple, really. Your back hurts. You’ve got a knot somewhere and you can’t reach it. You live alone. You’re too proud to ask for a back rub. You’re too poor to go get one yourself. So you figure out a way.
That way, for me, is to use a tennis ball.
You lie on the ground and roll around with a tennis ball beneath you. Find the spot it hurts the most, hold until you can’t stand it, then release and move on.
I used it constantly on my feet for my plantar fasciitis. And it works like a charm on all sorts of tight muscles.
I’d pretend I’m the first one to come up with this idea but there are hundreds for pictures that come up with you google “tennis ball massage”… so I’m just another of the believers.
My good friend Whitney (who has a hilarious website you should check out here) has this contraption. It’s for hanging upside down. Or maybe upsidown, depending on your education level. I had heard of these contraptions and heard they were good for you before, but I had not experienced it for myself.
Well thanks to Whitney, I got to experience it for myself. I got to hang upside down like a bat. It was kinda awesome. And very intense.
Whitney helped me flip over slowly. And truth be told, I didn’t go all the way upside down my first try. That’s pretty intense for anyone and I wanted to take ‘er easy. But my second try I did. For a total of 20 seconds. Then I got the giggles and had to come back up to catch my breath (thanks a lot to my hilarious soul buddy who got me giggling while I was hanging). But even just angled mostly upside down is very intense. The blood rushes to all sorts of places it’s not used to going and your body gets jiggly in ways you didn’t know it could jiggle.
If you’ll recall my last post, I had a minor back issue for a week or so. I tried this hanging thing to help it out. I didn’t feel anything at first except a good (and odd) stretch all over. Then as I was coming back up, there was a very specific point when I could feel my vertebrae screaming at me. We isolated the pain! I found the exact angle I needed to stretch it out a little on this terrifying medieval torture contraption. And I worked it out. And cried a little. But as a creative-type, most of my friends are used to randomly crying at any given moment, so everybody stayed cool.
And the next couple days I really felt great. I’m actually considering getting one of these contraptions myself sometime. It seems to work wonders and Whitney swears by it.
Plus, if people ask what you’re up to, you can say “Just hangin’ out” and then laugh uncontrollably at your own cleverness.
The biggest takeaway from this Femoir: The Podcast episode, friends, is that finding balance is a journey not a destination.
I mention my day job. I work at the most fun Law Office in existence. I’m a lucky lady.
I talk about working out. If you read this blog, you know that I do that a lot anyway.
I also mention counting calories. I’ve written about how much I hate it before. I still hate it.
I mention the “All In” previous Femoir podcast, too.
I’ve discovered a cheat sheet for easy workouts. It’s also a website I use to learn how to dress. I’m decent at the workouts but terrible at the dressing.
It’s no great secret. It’s simply Pinterest. I’m not the only one obsessed.
It’s great. You can do searches for anything. It’s amazing and addicting and I love it.
You can find anything you’re looking for. And since I’ve been having to get more creative about my workouts because of my intense schedule and inability to understand personal or physical limitations- it’s been great for me! I can find quick and easy workouts that I upload to a note in my Evernote (because I’m Type-A so everything has to be in a file). Then when I need a quick fix in the morning that’s easy to do in my apartment but will still make me sweat and make me sore, I look through all the options I’ve collected!
Knowing my personality, it will only be a matter of time before I organize these easy-to-read and even-easier-to-follow workouts into specific files based on ease, time, and body part.
But for now it’s just find to find them and collect them all. Like POGS. God I loved my POGS.
I wrote this article for the fabulous online magazine Ms. In the Biz.
“4 Ways to Take a Compliment.”
Click. Read. Learn. Enjoy.