As a massage therapist, I relate to ‘feeling stiff” a little differently than most… as an aging boomer, I feel it all too well.
I see it as the body’s way of slowing us down until we become warmed up. It makes me feel old and creaky, compromising my balance and my confidence as well.
The soreness is inflammation from the waste our muscles have created. Movement and warmth help to carry it away, allowing freer movement while enabling circulation on many levels (it’s not just about blood–it’s lymphatic and hormonal too.
But when we don’t move much–ie sitting on the couch; working at the computer; lying in bed; tensing up while driving;, etc,–
–-we feel stiff.
What to do?
- Rub what hurts before you get up and go.
- Warm up literally–in the shower or with gentle movements–such as pumping your legs back and forth or making circles with yout ankles, etc.
- Avoid over-stretching until you have moved around a bit
- Use heat patches from the drug store–or some old fashioned Tiger Balm to warm up joints and tight muscles
Ok, that’s my preachy-massage-therapist-advice for this cold Winter’s day.
Let’s not allow inactivity to keep us down.
A limber body makes good use of a limber mind.
(you can quote me on that!)