Archive for January, 2010

The New Year

After loosing my sweet cat “Buddy” over the holidays and getting a good old fashion cold during our week of freezing weather in Texas, the new year is off to an interesting start. For some reason, it really does feel new. We have a new year. That is really just swell.

Despite my sad farewell to my kitty and my illness, my back has been doing well this month, and I’m charging ahead with new ideas and energy. So today I just want to share neat things that have happened.

First, I’m driving down the street and see  some chickens in a yard about 5 blocks away. Now I live in the capital city of Texas, not some farm town. But we got some funky chicken people in Austin and these neighbors invited me in to meet their chickens and see their coop. I met the chickens by name, heard their stories, and even got to hold several of them. They are some cool birds. Such beautiful feathers and eyes! At the coop, there were two fresh eggs, one white and one green, which the neighbors gave to me. Now that was a fun stop!

Then at the grocery store, and I stop dead in my tracks behind a man about 6 feet tall who had hair down to the bottom of his calves. I had to nudge someone to make sure they saw it too. It was a sight to behold.

Tonight I watched the news, and a local horse stable had burned down (yes, right here in Austin… this is a city with chickens and horses). This stables was owned by the man who did the movie “The Horse Boy”. He opened the stables for his son and other autistic children to bond with horses. Here is the movie trailer; it brought me to tears when he asked, “How far would you go to help someone you loved?”
http://www.horseboymovie.com/Film.php
By the way, no horses were lost, but they will need to recoup financially to rebuild.

Then just now I get an email about a friend’s son who is now a teenager and playing in the most unusual band, so I listened to their songs for awhile. Young but highly creative:
http://www.myspace.com/motherfalconmusic

So anyway, welcome to 2010. I’m thinking it could be a very good year.

PS… I forgot to mention the pot-bellied pig in the yard between my house and the chickens…

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How To Perform Shoulder Stretches

Happy New Year everyone! Another year to get stronger and learn even more! This year I want inner and outer tranquility! What about you?

By request, I wrote the following article today …  Enjoy!

How to Perform Shoulder Stretches

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Simple shoulder stretches will relieve tension and can fix lingering or chronic shoulder pain. The benefit you gain from doing these stretches regularly can be immense. The exercises are gentle enough to use even if you are currently in severe pain.

Steps

  1. This series of exercises can be done in sequence and will take less than 10 minutes total.
  2. Release shoulder and neck tension: Stand tall and slide your left hand down the left side of your body. Raise your right shoulder as your left lowers. Hold this for 10 seconds then stand straight again. Now slide your right hand down the right side of your body. Raise your left shoulder as your right lowers. Hold this for 10 seconds then stand tall.
  3. Loosen upper arm and chest muscles: Interlock the fingers with palms out. Extend arms above head, keeping fingers locked. Stretch upwards and hold for 10 seconds.
  4. Loosen back muscles: Cross arms in front of chest and place hands around shoulders. Slowly stretch hands towards middle of back as far as possible. Hold for 10 seconds.
  5. Loosen chest, top of shoulder and lower arm muscles: Bend one arm over head and down back, bend other arm around and up back. Grasp finger tips and hold for 10 seconds, then reverse arm positions and hold for 10 seconds. Keep backbone vertical during this exercise.
  6. Stretch chest and shoulder muscles (often called the swimmers stretch): In a seated position, clasp your hands together behind your back with your thumbs down, extend your arms behind you and slowly and gently pull your arms upward.
  7. Stretch triceps: Raise your right hand over your head and bend elbow to place right hand behind your left shoulder. Press gently on your right elbow with you left hand. Hold for 20 seconds, then relax your arms. Raise your left hand over your head and bend elbow to place left hand behind your right shoulder. Press gently on your left elbow with you right hand. Hold for 20 seconds then relax.

Tips

  • Quick Tension Release for the Shoulders and Neck
  • With hands by your side, lift both shoulder up and try to touch your ears. Hold for 5 seconds, release and repeat.
  • Lift arms to shoulder height and rotate forward in small circles for 10 seconds. Reverse rotation for 10 seconds. Keep reversing rotation until you are ready to rest the muscles
  • Stand up straight with arms by your side. Lift chin up and down for 5 seconds. Then look side to side for 5 seconds. Repeat.

Warnings

  • Do these exercises slowly and carefully.
  • Do not strain. Only stretch to the degree it feels good.
  • It is better to start slow and build repetitions over time than to do a lot at once.

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