PULL YOUR WEEDS, NOT YOUR BACK WHEN GARDENING
Weather is warming up, everything is turning green and people are spending more time outside planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Gardening can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety. The back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when using your green thumb. A proper warm-up and cool down is just as important in gardening as it is in any other physical activity. There is a way to perform simple stretches and exercises that can avoid injuries, pain and stiffness. Before tackling those lawn activities like planting the garden or emptying the grass clippings, make sure that the body is warm and prepared for the activity. Take a few minutes to walk around the yard to survey your upcoming work. This will allow blood to flow into the muscles preparing them for activity. After the muscles are warm, make sure that you give a slow stretch to your leg muscles. Gardening and lawn activities involve mostly bending movements making disc injuries likely to occur. The more you bend, the more the disc moves backwards creating issues like leg pain and even sciatica. There is a simple way to “push the reset button” on those discs. There are specific exercises that can be easily taught to rid you of any back and leg pain. Please call THWC for an appointment if you are suffering from “lawn maintenance syndrome.”
NEW AT THWC!!!
As summer soon approaches, there is quite a bit of activity going on at The Hart Wellness Center. New decorations and “Zen” have been added to our yoga studio. We have just completed the renovation of our newly acquired “spa room” inside the clinic. There have been two new additions to our wellness center team. Eve, licensed massage therapist, will be available Monday and Wednesday afternoons for massage services. She specializes in hot stone, deep tissue work, reflexology and chakra balancing massages. Patricia Daidone, licensed esthetician, is available Tuesdays and Thursdays for spa services such as facials, pedicures and waxing performed in a clean and private environment using all vegan products. Look forward to meeting THWC’s first office manager, Candace in mid May. If that wasn’t enough, we also have Zach, a student from Kaplan College School of Massage Therapy completing his externship at the clinic. He will be helping out offering massage therapy services on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. Thank you to all patients, family and friends that continue to support our wellness center and allowing us to provide our professional services. Please give a call and see all of the new services that our wellness center has to offer.
THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
Make health and wellness a priority in your life!
LETTERS FROM LINZIE…
YOGA classes continue to be offered on Tuesday evenings @ 6pm. If you are interested in doing YOGA, but are apprehensive to jump into a class never having tried it, Linzie is available for private sessions based upon availability. Upcoming in June…YOGA will be offered on Monday and Wednesday @ 6pm.
**NOT TOO LATE TO COME ON IN AND PICK UP A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR
MOM (MOTHER’S DAY IS MAY 9TH) FOR ANY SPA SERVICE OR MASSAGE!**