Top 5 Ways to Soothe your Back without Medication

Even the most vigilant person can occasionally comes across back strain. Young, old, sedentary, athletic…doesn’t matter. Sometimes your back is just going to tell you when enough is enough! Below are the Top 5 items or tips I use to soothe my back without medication.

1. EPSOM SALT & BAKING SODA BATH SOAK: Relieve aches and pains by raising the magnesium levels in your body naturally! My personal recipe is to use 1 cup epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda (it increases absorption of minerals & helps neutralize chemicals like chlorine) and 6-8 drops of my favorite Young Living essential oils. Why not reap the benefits of essential oils while soaking up relief? Here’s a bonus recipe for you! purification-2

2. BALANCE BALL CHAIR: They may look and feel funny at first, but these chairs can improve posture and work your core muscles! That’s a whole lot better than weakening your core muscles by constantly sitting isn’t it? I use Gaiam Custom Fit Adjustable Balance Ball Chair. And because I like things pretty, I also purchased a Gaiam Balance Ball Chair Cover to match the room decor!  img_0492

3. SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE a.k.a. a FOAM ROLLER: Foam rollers are a fantastic alternative to a deep tissue massage when you’re short on time or funds. It will also assist to smooth out trigger points (knots) in your muscles and increase circulation/blood flow to the soft tissue areas. See the one I use here.

4. TENS UNIT: If you don’t know what a TENS Unit is and suffer from pain, your life is about to change! Honestly, this is one of my favorite ways to alleviate pain and discomfort. The unit provides electric stimulation to targeted areas for pain relief. I use the Omron Electrotherapy Max Power Relief and WiTouch Wireless TENS on the regular!

5. SULFURZYME: Sulfurzyme powder is a mix of wolfberry and MSM, an organic dietary sulfur that helps protect cells and connective tissue. All I’m going to say is THIS STUFF WORKS for me! Sulfurzyme is a product of Young Living. If you’re interested in essential oils, please visit the Essential Oils section here on A Plot Twist Life!img_0494

BONUS TIP:

  • LEGS UP THE WALL POSE (VIPARITA KARANI): This inversion is a deeply nourishing and restorative yoga pose for mind and body. Place a bolster or roll up a blanket and rest it under your bottom to elevate the pelvis, then slide your legs up the wall, lay back and rest in place for 5-15 minutes.

I hope these items and tips help you as much as they’ve helped me! Please keep in mind that I am speaking from personal experience and this should in no way be used to diagnose, treat or cure abnormal conditions of the body.

Did any of your favorite Top 5 make the list? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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TOP 5 Reasons to Practice Yoga

I have been practicing yoga since 2007, teaching yoga since 2010 and will gladly be a student of yoga forever!

My first class was hot yoga, 98.6 degrees, hard as all get out, and I. was. hooked. !!!

The benefits I received from a regular yoga practice changed my life in such an incredible way that I wanted to share it with everyone around me. I kicked that 9-5 job to the curb and haven’t looked back! Actually it wasn’t quite that simple, but that’s for another blog post someday.

 Below are my TOP 5 reasons to practice yoga:

 1.  It makes me happy! We all know exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make us happy! <- Channeling my inner Elle from Legally Blonde 😉 I have never been a huge fan of the gym or high impact cardio. I get winded just running to the mailbox to see if my Amazon orders have arrived! Teehee. Seriously though, pretty much ANYONE can do yoga. It’s not about being bendy. Even on the most basic level, western yoga is about moving your body. Do you have back pain, arthritis, or other conditions you think are holding you back? Me too. It’s okay. Get on your mat! (Check with your doctor first of course for ANY medical issues. This is simply my experience.)

2.  It gets me out of my head. That’s right. The hamster wheel upstairs is always spinning. The hamster wheel spins from the moment these peepers gratefully open each morning til I lay my head to rest at night. But for however long I practice yoga, the wheel stops. The wheel ceases to exist for that short amount of time b/c I’m so focused on the postures and listening to what my body is saying to me. Getting out of my own head is seriously EVERYTHING! I call my practice ‘my moving meditation.’

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Photo Credit to John Hooper

 

3.  Yoga makes me taller! It’s true, I pinky promise!! When practiced correctly, certain poses can decompress the spine and discs causing pain reduction and elongation…which means yep, taller! Better posture, added height and decreased back pain giving me an all-around more pleasant presence? Yes, please.

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Photo Credit to John Hooper

See my forearms pressed to the road as my toes reach towards the sky? That’s elongating my spine AND decompressing…upside down! See that deep bend in my back though? That means I need to reach higher!! 😀 No worries, there are many postures that will give the same benefits without being on your head!

 

4.  It reduces pain. (As previously mentioned in #3 above.) Over time, the mind-body connection can become quite strong. When you know which parts of your body are weak and which parts are overworked, you can tailor your practice to bring the body back into balance. Balance makes for a happy and healthy yogi!

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5.  Yoga calms me down. Hello! My name is Kelli, and I have a lot of feelings. 🙂 I tend to carry those feelings in my body. Whether it’s flutters in my tummy, that sinking feeling in my gut, an ache in my heart or joy in my soul…I can be still and simply feel or process my emotions one pose at a time, one breath at a time and just be.

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Photo Credit to John Hooper

I wasn’t really levitating you silly geese! Yoga does make me feel light as air though!!

There are SO many more than 5 reasons as to why I love yoga, and I look forward to sharing my yoga journey with you here on A Plot Twist Life!

Do you yoga? I’d love to know about your TOP reasons! Please feel free to share in the comments below.

Peace, love and light y’all!

Magic Mondays!

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed your weekend and feel refreshed!

I’m excited today to introduce the Magic Mondays series!

I titled this series Magic Mondays because honestly, Mondays are rough! I for one would like a shift in my own mindset about the dreaded Moooondaaaay. Muahahahahaha!! (I hope that came through as a scary, creepy voice)!

I will share quick and easy tips to make Mondays more magic than manic. Fun hair and make up tips along with things that make my morning and myself feel brighter!

Today…my beautiful cup of coffee, preset last night to brew upon waking, of course. This is  certainly a perk (see what I did there? hehe..) to starting the week off on the right foot.

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Next, the hair. In case y’all don’t know, temperatures here in the Big D have been 100 degrees the last few days. I’m a Texan girl, and I love my long, big hair! Therefore, it is necessary to be well acquainted with braids and buns. Today I put my hair in a high ponytail, braided a section of it, wrapped my hair around the ponytail and the braid around the bun. It was looking like a possible hair fail, but I just love it when messy, tousled hair debacles turn into something fabulous, or super cute at the very least! I fastened with two bobby pins and loosened the braid and bun for maximum volume! Chic, fast and perfect for second day hair. Dry shampoo will also help give volume when fixing your ‘do!

Lastly, the clothes. Comfy and expressive! I love tanks and tees that feel like they were made with me in mind! The one I’m wearing below says, “I just want to drink coffee, save animals and do yoga.” Umm…all true! Coffee and I are best buds, I work with a rescue group and have the joy of fostering doggies until they find their FURever home. I have also been a certified yoga teacher since 2010. SO perfectly expressive and comfy! 🙂

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At first, I attempted to look pensive in the above photo with focus on the tank top. Let me just say that was a load of laughs for me and the hubby! Apparently, I do cheeseball pretty well though!

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I’d love to hear your tips of making Mondays less stressful, or any day for that matter! Please feel free to comment below.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Toodles!