Our therapists at Camelot Spa Moloko always have some interesting tips to share with you to improve your health and well-being. In case you haven’t managed to come for a treatment recently here are 5 great poses to help you reduce stress and anxiety.

Bonus tip : Our bodies are made of 70% water. It’s suggested to drink at least  half a cup per hour of water in winter and one cup per hour in summer throughout the day. Think of a river, if it’s swiftly moving it’s clean, no debris accumulates. Its the same with our bodies.

 

mountain pose

1. Mountain pose

This is a great posture for grounding. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Spread the feet and place the weight evenly through entire foot from front to back and side to side. Engage the muscles in the thigh to hug the bones. Inhale arms overhead. Reach up into the fingertips, and top of your head, while pressing down into your feet. Close your eyes and take long, slow, deep breaths in and out of your nose. No strain, no struggle. Breathe, relax, feel, observe, and allow. Hold for three minutes. Exhale and lower arms to your sides. Stand quietly for a few breathes and just observe before moving.

Standing forward bend

2.  Standing forward bend

Stand with feet hip-width apart. Inhale arms up over head and hinge from your waist folding forward, with arms out to your side. Let hands rest on your shins or ankles, relax your head and neck. As you gently straighten your knees, let hands walk down shins to rest on the floor if that’s accessible to you. If not, keep them on shins or ankles. Relax your head and neck, again, close your eyes, and take long, slow deep breaths in and out of your nose. As you inhale, observe any tightness or tension in your body and as you exhale, allow that area you noticed to melt, let go, release, relax, heal, whatever it needs to do. Continue to breathe and relax for three minutes. To release, roll up one vertebrae at a time, slowly, letting the head be the last thing to come up. Stand quietly for a few breathes and just observe before moving. Try not to itch, move, or adjust your clothing. Sit on the floor.

 

seated spinal twist

3.  Seated spinal twist

In a seated position with both legs extended, bend the right knee and cross your foot to outside of left knee. (Either keep your left leg extended or bend it in and place your foot near your butt.) Bring right hand behind your body, close to back, and use it like a kickstand to keep spine straight. Hook your left elbow behind your right knee. Inhale, lengthen the spine, exhale, gently twist to look over your right shoulder. Take long slow deep breaths, hold for two to three minutes and change sides. Come on your back and relax a moment.

 

knees to chest

4. Knees to chest

Lie on your back and draw your knees toward your chest. Wrap your hands or arms around your legs. Gently pull your knees closer to your collerbones, while lengthening your spine, head on the floor, chin gently toward the chest, and shoulders melting down back. Look between your arms and knees, then close your eyes. Take long, slow, deep breaths, letting the belly gently press against the thighs, massaging the internal organs. Hold for three minutes and release. Extend legs straight out with arms by your sides.

 

Legs up the wall

5.  Legs up the wall

Come to a wall and sit with your glutes against it, legs extended up it in an “L” shape position. The backs of the thighs, calves, and heels will rest on the wall, feet flexed. Allow your arms to rest down by your sides. Close your eyes, take long, slow, deep breaths, and relax. Hold for 5–10 minutes. Roll onto your side to release, knees tucked to chest, and stay here a minute or two before moving.

 

Source : .wellandgood.com