Monthly Archives: June 2015

Where do you stand?

A recent study encourages office workers to stand at least two hours a day and to try to extend that to four.  Gavin Bradley whose company Active Working co-commissioned  this study says you need to mix it up, neither sitting or standing for too long. Bradley recommends using Scandinavian style adjustable standing desks. Famous standing creators include Leonardo da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill and Vladimir Nabokov and Philip Roth.

The health reasons sited for this recommendation are myriad, including higher incidence of type 2 diabetes , cardiovascular disease and increased cancer risk found in sedentary populations. Guardian writer Esther Addley did on the job research with humorously mixed results. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/01/four-hours-standing-time-office-worker#comments

Addley’s article  illustrates well the need for good equipment for workers and the expenditures this will surely entail.

Here is the original article: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jun/01/office-workers-on-feet-standing-fours-hours-day-study-health

What are your thoughts about this, have you worked in a standing friendly office or used a standing desk at home?

Is standing better for your health?

Is standing better for your health?

 

 

Massage turns on the good DNA!

hands massaging

An interesting article about how massage suppresses the inflammation associated with exercise and promotes energy building cellular activity in the muscles. This is according to studies done by Mark Tarnopolsky, a neurometabolic researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

 

http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2012/02/massages-mystery-mechanism-unmasked

 

My Story

I started to do Egoscue exercises to see if I could recommend them to my massage clients, not thinking too much about my own posture related pain issues. As I did them I found they were helping me a lot and I learned things I didn’t know before despite having a long background in dance and movement.

After two car accidents and a yoga injury and  I was messed up, the easiest way to explain this is that I was crooked and unstable and couldn’t do many of the things I had done for years; backbends Triangle pose, handstands, half moon pose to name a few. These positions require strength and stability and I didn’t have those things anymore. I had injured my lower back and I had developed painful compensating muscles in my hips and legs . It affected my joints my posture and movement. This was a wake up call for someone who had always taken these things for granted.

This loss of movement function happens over a period of time so you don’t realize it’s happening. and like most people I was neglecting to take any kind of decisive action because of being busy with other things and did not knowing how to proceed.

Thankfully I began doing exercises from Pete Egoscue’s book, Pain Free – A Revolutionary Method For Stopping Chronic Pain. I was so pleased with the immediate results that I decided to train in the Egoscue Method, training that I continue to this day.

New Blog and Website for Peggy Burgess Massage and Bodywork!

Hello friends, please take a look at my new website and tell me what you think! I will be discussing massage and  bodywork techniques and Egoscue postural method, as well as many other subjects that affect your health and happiness.