Thursday Open Thread 12-14-2017
Good morning - Nothing profound today simply a couple of ideas on gardening and health I have found useful.
Ideas on Gardening
Square Foot Gardening can be adapted to many different environments, including containers. Part of the focus is not over planting and overwhelming your time commitments and workload.
One square foot garden unit measuring 16 sq ft (1.5 sq metres) holds an average of 130 plants and produces enough vegetables for one person. A family of four can have fresh greens in abundance throughout the growing season and beyond from only 64 sq ft of growing space (6 sq metres).
Mel Bartholomew developed the system in the `1980's and the techniques have been incorporated in many growing practices recommend today.
Keeping oneself healthy
Massage is a powerful tool for pain relief, maintaining health and healing the body. Finding an excellent therapist and learning self-care techniques is part of the journey.
I am a believer in "no pain no gain" and look for practitioners and teachers that work with the body to enhance it own healing ability. One does not need to experience pain as proof something is working.
Taya Countryman, LMT teaches Structural Relief Therapy to other massage therapist and has some useful ideas we can use for ourselves and creating exceptions we have for a practitioner.
Using SRT changes the body by decreasing involuntary muscle contracture which decreases pain and increases range of motion. The way I explain it to my patients is that SRT reprograms their involuntary muscle contraction. The brain is creating chemicals that tell these muscles or strands of muscles to contract. For some reason, the brain has not received the signal back from the muscle that it is already contracting. When you voluntarily move, these signals are overridden, but at rest, the muscle cells begin to involuntarily contract again. This is why you feel tighter in the morning when the cells have continually contracted overnight without the interruption of voluntary movement. Principles of SRT
Her technique to self treat Middle-of-the-Back Tightness
Knowing her opinion on techniques a massage therapist should use to evaluate the body of a patient.
Temperature has been cold, below freezing for 8 days. Makes one thankful for a roof over the head, a functioning heater, food in the pantry and hot water on demand.
Egg production has slowed down, amazingly still getting a few.
Nightly fog has been transforming outside into a winter wonderland.