Statistics tell us the average American spends nearly 2,000 hours working and while you might think a large portion of them are chained to a traditional desk job in an office, recent numbers tell a different story.
It would seem the kind of work we do might be staying the same (Forbes reports that 30 million of us work from a home office at least once a week for companies), but
the locations where we work are changing and the new cubicle might very well be a cosy room at home.
Still, the chances are you’ll be working from behind a desk even if you’ve got a view of the backyard, and that means your body will still be subjected to the same stresses it was when you toiled away under those bight fluorescent lights in the office.
Either way, there’s a simple solution for all of those aches and pains you encounter that are job related…yoga. Twenty years of ergonomics research has found that programs like our Corporate Chair Massage program are an excellent way to improve the work lives of people in offices. From lower back pain to upper back and neck pain as well as a host of stress related issues, we can help you to understand and practise a healthy yoga routine that will calm the mind and spirit, alleviate your pain and improve your outlook.
Here at Versatile Vitality, our goal is to help you perfect the poses that do the most good including:
One named after your best friend
Staying in one position for any length of time can create havoc on your muscles. If you stop and think about it, you’ll see that sitting at a desk is an unnatural position for your arms and legs and your back. One of the best poses that will help you regain your center after a long day in either type of office is the Downward Dog.
This is the yoga pose that actually helps relax muscles in the neck and works on a variety of other different parts of your body. Stretching out those legs that have been inactive is another advantage to this position that might share the same name with your new four-legged work colleague if you’re at home.
Office workers spend a lot of time in modern environments typing. The Downward Dog is a great way to relax and stretch out those wrists and hands that may have become cramped slogging through the workday. This move is one of the more famous yoga poses that can help alleviate the tension you’ve built up over the 9 to 5 routine. This is a common one that has people assume a V shape with their feet and hands ground firmly onto the floor. The chances are you’ve seen someone doing it or a picture of it somewhere. You might have even tried it yourself if you’ve ever acted on an interest in yoga.
Breathing deeply is one of the keys to any kind of yoga pose and the Downward Dog gets the best results if you can hold it and take deep breaths for 30 to 60 seconds.
Climbing to new yoga heights..
Once you start getting into this ancient art form you’ll find that even the names of some yoga positions are inspiring. The Mountain Pose is an excellent way to counter balance all those ill effects of the day sitting and feeling your back contracting. Bending generally and breathing at the same time with the correct posture will loosen up chest muscles and re-establish a nice relaxed feeling.
Remember I am trained in many different kinds of methods that will work for you including Ashtanga and Yoga Nidra that fosters complete relaxation. I’m a native New Mexican and a graduate of the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics and even offer Executive Travel Assistant Services for those busy professionals who are always on the road and don’t think they have time to relax.
If you’re looking to reduce anxiety and the accompanying fatigue from your home or office job, don’t let the name of this next pose confuse you. You rest your weight on your hips with the Fish Pose and stretch your legs while lifting your head and arching your chest. By breathing deeply for 15 to 30 seconds you release the tension that’s built up in your throat, neck and head over the course of a workday.
What happens to desk jockeys
While you’re sitting at your desk working, some important things are happening to your body that you might not even be aware of. Staring at a computer screen and typing all day can tighten up your neck and shoulders and also affect your hips and legs. You might even stay hunched over with your neck protruding slightly forward after you shut your laptop down for the day and start for home.
Acting like a snake gets you into better shape
One of the more accessible yoga poses we teach here at Versatile Vitality might have an ominous sounding name but it’s really an easy stretch that lengthens the spine to offset all of those hours sitting. One of the tricks to making the Cobra Pose successful is grinding your hands down in front of you and pushing your elbows into the chest. Make sure to turn your gaze upward without taking any tension into your jaw or face.
I understand how much stress there is in today’s modern workforce and that’s why I offer a variety of services that are designed to help you relax and enjoy your life. I’d be happy to tell you about the many options I provide to make your business trip more relaxing and productive. Why not take a few minutes to read the client testimonials on my website and request an appointment by simply filling out the convenient online tab?
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