Chit Chat #15 Just relax

by 23.6.16

'What do to when are are stressed and your body can't relax?'

During stressful periods you can find yourself in a state of non relaxation. Your muscles are tensed and you need to remind yourself to relax them. 
This is definitely the case with me. Whenever I'm stressed, I pull up my shoulders and tense the muscles in my jawline. I carry my laptop, suitcases and my 16 kg boy around and that all together has not been good for my muscles either. 

Last week I suffered from painful knots between my shoulder blades. I've tried to massage them myself.... Normally I don't like to get massages because I've had some bad ones in the past. 
After telling Oliver about my tensed muscles, he surprised me by booking an appointment for a Thai massage. So sweet! 

This woman knew what she was doing. I've had a Thai massage before, but that was about 2 years ago. I have to admit that I am not very consistent with getting massages...
The masseuse found my problem area and worked with all her power to help me to release the knots. Such a tiny woman, but she could probably lift up a bus! She was taking it easy on me, but I was crying from the pain. She said that I need to be treated during a couple of sessions, because she can't massage too hard otherwise she would make it worse.

The next day I was really sore. She told me that that would happen. If someone would touch my back softly, I would squeak. 
Now I am doing better, but I know that I need to take a look in my calendar and schedule some more appointments. Hopefully they won't be so painful.

Another important item is sports. I've been slacking a bit, and ever since the pregnancy I need it more than ever before. The mothers out there can probably relate to this. 

What do you do to relax and take care of your body? A warm bath, meditation, chocolate? ;)


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