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HOW STRESS AFFECTS YOUR SPINE

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Movement – or sitting – are not the only kind of stresses that has the potential to hurt your back…Believe it or not,

mental or emotional stress can be just as damaging.

Many of us encounter stressful situations daily. In the short term, the tension created by emotional stress can give you a headache and/or pain in the back. If, however, experienced constantly, stress might set you up for a back injury, among other, more serious health problems, in the long run.
When discussing ‘health’ the majority of us most often focus on the aspects of physical health and we tend to overlook the psychological aspects. However, psychological health is now considered to be just as important to maintain optimal physical function. A lack of balance between body and mind has the potential to lead to a decline in our physical abilities.

Have you ever got back pain? For sure you wanted to know what was wrong and how to fix it. It is a necessity. But did you go further and look beyond the exact area of pain? Just because, research studies now suggest that spine problems or back pain are often the result of complex interactions involving both physical and psychological factors.

So, how to deal with the emotional stress once recognised?

Try to identify situations that tend to bother you. Maybe you can avoid some of them altogether — that would be the best medicine. In reality, though, some situations and people cannot be avoided, such as rush-hour traffic, deadlines at work, or an unyielding boss. Some anxiety is just part of everyday life.

The next best option is to learn how to anticipate these situations ahead of time and make the conscious decision not to let them bother you. You might want to plan a way to make the situation easier on yourself. Just imagine, if you have to go to the grocery store at peak hours and long queues… instead of going mad, bring a book to read. If you just can’t stand battling rush-hour traffic, why not planning to work out at the gym for an hour after work. You avoid traffic, relax your mind, and feed your back all at the same time.
You might want to try cutting down on some of the habits that can aggravate your already stressed out condition. Caffeine and nicotine can have the effect of creating a sense of anxiety even when you aren’t anxious about anything. Cutting down your intake of stimulants may help reduce your stress level.
Of course, there is always the old stand-by method for melting away stress. Find a quiet place to get away, close your eyes, listen to some relaxing music, breathe slowly and deeply, and imagine yourself at the beach, with warm sand, lapping waves, and a gentle breeze. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
As you can see, there are almost as many ways to prevent back pain as there are bad behaviors that cause it. If you make these suggestions part of your everyday routine, your back should be strong and healthy.
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Dear All,

I hope you are all doing safe and sound, living through this experience with curiosity and enjoying all the good things it is bringing to us all.  

I would like to thank you for all your lovely messages and checking-in: they helped me feel valuable and connected,  and know I am not alone in these challenging times. I have been through a strong emotional rollercoaster the past last weeks; from meeting my fears and demons and embracing my sorrow, to laughing an immense lot and finding moments of deep inner peace. We are all in this together. 

But the time has finally come that I am making this decision happily from my heart; as of next week Respirit Pilates is going online and we will guide your Pilates practice on the mat, streaming live. 
I am grateful for my teachers that they can spare some time within their up-side-down daily schedule with family around, and also for Lena who will also be back to reinforce us in this experiment. 
 
Here you are the practicalities:

  • For the moment we will offer open level classes. We will guide you to the average level of those present in the class and give you some modifications as much as it is possible under the circumstances. 
  • You will need a calm corner with fresh air and a mat for yourself. Please prepare some accessories; a chair with back rest, a towel and anything serving as weights in your hand (bottle of water, pack of rice, etc. 0.5-1kg), so that we can enjoy some fun variations every now and then.
  • You can stream the classes on any device through the free Zoom application; download it and check the audio function beforehand. 
  • As of tomorrow you can register into the classes via Mindbody at latest 60 minutes before the class and we will send you a link to the live stream 15 minutes before the start. 
    We will need minimum 4 people into each class; below that number we retain the right to cancel.
  • Please make sure your email address is updated within your profile in Mindbody and that you allow the system to send you auto-emails. If you do not get the link, please check your junk folder, too. 
  • You can either use your existing mat cards or purchase any of our new online pricing options: 10 sessions for 100€ or a drop-in for 15€.

This will be a new experience for many of us; learning new technologies, new ways of teaching and secrets of our bodies, as well as letting others closer to us as we peak into each other`s private life a bit.  Let`s face it together with grace and compassion. I cannot wait to seeing your happy faces again. 
 
I truly appreciate all your continuing support through this challenging time. Let`s have faith that we will get out stronger on the other side, both individually and as a our loved Respirit community together. 

I wish you good health; feel safe and stay strong.
Piri