Sitting Sabotages Your Well-being. Let's Fix That.

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It’s no secret that sitting down is a huge part of everyday life in the modern era. Most people will spend a majority of their day in a sedentary position, either lying down or seated, where they aren’t moving much. Over time, this causes the muscles that support healthy posture to experience atrophy and begin to degrade from lack of engagement. Furthermore, when we sit for long periods of time, the body will naturally dump weight into the low back and the shoulders will tend to round and cave inwards towards our chest. This is one of the biggest reasons why people in the present day experience so much tension in their neck, shoulders, and lower back.

So, let’s talk about how we can alleviate some of that. We’ll need a number of things to get ourselves strong and tall again:

  • Strengthening Exercises: Focus on the following muscle groups to help fix your posture and position the spine in a healthy alignment.

    • Abdominals: Strong abs will help to support the lower back and counteract the weight and tension that drops into the area. Abs that are powerful and properly engaged will help open the lower back and reduce over-arching in the lumbar spine.

    • Mid-Back, Shoulders, and Latissimus: These muscles will help pull your shoulders back and down. This opens the chest and draws the shoulders down away from the head, which allows the neck muscles to lengthen and relax. This will also pull the upper torso into a more upright position and stack it so that less tension falls into the lower back.

    • Glutes and Hamstrings: These posterior chain muscles are big and powerful muscles that will hold the torso up so that the smaller, weaker lower back muscles won’t have to strain as much to do that job. Make these muscles stronger so that they’ll be the ones engaging, not the lower back.

  • Stretching Exercises: Stretching areas that close off the body and pull you out of an upright posture is extremely important.

    • Chest: When tight, these muscles will round the shoulders and upper back, affecting the upper back and neck.

    • Trapezius: When tight, these muscles will pull the shoulders up towards the ears and affect the neck.

    • Hip-Flexors: When tight, these muscles pull your body into a closed-off posture and affects the glutes ability to hold up the torso in an upright position.

    • Lower Back: When tight, these muscles over-arch the lumbar spine and dump excessive amounts of weight into the area, causing pain and tension.

    • Neck: When tight, the shoulders and head are both affected, which can result in intense pain and headaches.

  • This one is simple: Sit Less, Stand More!

    • We know that sitting isn’t the most optimal resting position for the human body, so let’s do that less often. The more optimal position for humans to rest in is a deep squat. Since that isn’t always available to us, standing is the next best. If you study or work at a desk often, consider using a standing desk.

  • Massage and Recovery (This is what we do best)

    • Adding a recovery and tension-release factor to your stretching and strengthening regime will help develop and maintain your good posture. Using massage and heat treatment in your routine will help to bring blood to the area while also releasing tension in the muscle fibers. This will bolster the effects of stretching by allowing the muscles to get even longer and more malleable.

Okay! That’s all for now! Try these things and see how your body changes to look and feel better. Soon, you’ll even notice that your confidence and state of mind will see benefits from this. Remember, mind and body are connected; fixing one aspect will benefit the other.

Celebrate Mothers All Month!

Celebrate Mothers in May by giving mom a much needed break with the relaxing experience that Futureproof provides.

Mother's Day Promotion: Every service during Mother's Day Weekend (5/10-5/12) will include Organic Saffron Rose tea (16oz eco-cup)

Services of 2 of more throughout Mother’s Day weekend (5/10-5/12) will also receive a free Rose Sea Salt Set (includes Organic Rose Buds & Reusable Drawstring Bag). Can be combined with Gift Certificate purchases. Limit 1 per group.

Our Organic Saffron Rose tea has amazing qualities & benefits that include:
- Rejuvination of hair & skin
- Immune system booster
- Improvement of digestion
- Anti-depressent & Anti-cancer properties

Our studio will be open during our normal hours for the week of Mother's Day (9am-9pm). We hope you're able to join us so we can celebrate the special occasion together.

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Wellness Tip of the Week / Hydration

Every cell, organ, and tissue in our body needs water to function properly. With our bodies being made up of 60% water, it is important that we meet our daily recommendations and avoid dehydration.

Studies show that on average, women should drink 91 ounces of water a day, and men should be drinking 125 ounces of water a day. While that may seem like a lot of water, it’s important to realize that multiple processes rely heavily on our water intake.

Water assists in:

  • Transporting nutrients to our muscles and cells

  • Getting rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements

  • Regulating your temperature

  • Cushioning your joints

  • Managing weight

  • Improving skin quality

  • Preventing headaches and improving brain function

Staying hydrated is also important in maintaining your energy levels, as dehydration can lead to fatigue, mood swings, and a loss of motivation. It’s important to make it a habit to drink water throughout the day, since we lose water as we breath, sweat, and urinate. Often times, many of us may think we’re drinking enough water, but statistics show that the average amount of water that people drink is just barely above 30 ounces a day.

If you think you may not be drinking enough water, here are some tips to increase your water consumption:

  • Carry a water bottle with you at times, especially when running errands or at work. This is not only convenient, but it also helps set a constant reminder for you to drink water throughout the day. Labeled water bottles are a great way to keep track of your water intake.

  • Drink water before and after meals. Thirst is often times confused with hunger. Not only is this a great way to hydrate, but it also prevents overeating and reduces your calorie intake.

  • Infuse plain water with your favorite fruits. Aside from the added benefits, fruits such as lemon or strawberries can improve the flavor of your water. Not only will you be drinking more water, but it can also help reduce cravings.

With water being a vital component of many of our body’s processes, it is important to hydrate regularly and meet the daily recommendations. At Futureproof, we do our part by offering water/hot tea after every service. This is to ensure that your muscles are well nourished and your body is able to thoroughly flush out the toxins that are being released during your service.

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