Most people with low back issues think the solution is to strengthen the muscles in their back, and while this is partially true, there are 2 other often overlooked important components to reduce low back strain. If you have low back pain, check with your doctor before exercising.
#1 . Strengthen Your Core-
Having strong abdominal muscles can improve & protect your low back. Think of your abdominal muscles wrapping around your mid-section to create a “girdle” of support & protection. Crunches are the most traditional method to strengthen this area. In the Hot Tub Yoga Program there are several core strengtheners you can practice as you enjoy your soak.Pictured here is core plank in the water. I suggest you hold it for about 1 min, or work slowly up to a one minute hold. For a great one minute video on Hot Tub Yoga Core Plank see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWobKyruR3Q
For core strengtheners on land, see: http://www.livestrong.com/article/113108-exercises-strengthen-abs-lower/
#2. Stretch your Hamstrings-
Your hamstring muscles, located at the back of your thighs are one of the tightest muscle groups in the body. When they are overly tight they pull our pelvis downward and out of alignment. This restricts our ability to move easily and fluidly.There are several ways to stretch our hamstrings- a standing forward bend or a seated forward bend are the most common. Pictured here on land is a partner assisted reclined hamstring stretch. Pictured also in the Hot Tub Yoga is a seated Hamstring stretch using a strap. The hot water helps to loosen and lengthen our muscles and connective tissue, making it easier to stretch. When stretching keep your knee straight if possible. To view a short video on a great kneeling hamstring stretch in your hot tub see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqJCVZEBnWs
Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers, and Thank you to all who entered the Mother’s Day Giveaway Drawing.
Announcing the 3 lucky winners from random drawing–
& Virginia Walter
Congratulations! Your Free DVD will be mailed as soon as I get your mailing addresses! Enjoy!
Half the fun is making them- Other half is using them! Lavender is many people’s favorite essential oil, so it makes a great choice to add to recipe. Great gift idea for Mom, and make a few for yourself as well!
Beautiful, easy to make Bath Bombs for Mother's Day gift!
We’re excited to announce a giveaway of 3 Hot Tub Yoga DVD’s (value $19.99 each)! Whether you keep it for yourself or give it as a fun and unique gift (maybe to Mom?) is up to you. Hot Tub Yoga is a great gift of health!
Here are the rules:
The giveaway is [...]
Most of us love our shower time- hot water cleansing, invigorating, waking us up time! The heat helps to stimulate our circulatory & lymphatic system. It also heats up our muscles and connective tissue- a great preparatory step for stretching and increasing our flexibility. By adding some yoga poses as you shower you can build [...]
Great information & video on how to raise your metabolism while enjoying a soak! Enjoy!
Raise your metabolism as you enjoy a soak in your hot tub!
Small acts of kindness connect us to each other.
“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes us feel loved and cared for, but it helps us to develop inner happiness and peace.” the 14th Dalai Lama (1935)
“Kindness, I’ve discovered is everything in life.” Isaac B. Singer
Small acts [...]
"Water is a conduit for intuition, whether it be a shower or a great sea. Whenever you are around water it amplifies intuition. The body is the perfect intuitive receptor because it is two-thirds water. Intuition is a fluid movement, a wave movement, and the body is constantly moving in waves." Judith Orloff, [...]
A strong immune system can reduce our risk of colds and flu.
Easy ways to bolster you immune system include:
1. Probiotics- Include “good” bacteria foods such as yogurt, kefir, and miso in your diet
2. Reduce Stress- Breathing Exercises, guided imagery, meditation, a simple walk in nature
3. Eat Healthy- Foods that strengthen [...]
Adding fresh or dried ginger to the bath is a easy way to increase sweating and detoxifying.
Ever feel the need to detoxify? Perhaps you over did the holiday drinking & eating or a prolonged period of stress? A detox bath with ginger can increase heat levels in the body. This ups the level [...]