For those holding a desk job, spending more than the usual 40-hour per week on work can be very common. Whether you love doing extra hours or you’re hands are tied, these extra hours can give you not just a headache but also that tight and painful feeling in your eyes, the neck, shoulders, back all the way down to the feet.
Sitting for hours means your extremities are being starved of blood, oxygen and other fluids. This deprivation is what causes muscles to tighten and joints to stiffen up. The usual remedy is to reach for your bottle of ibuprofen and pop one or two. But before you go to this direction, why not try out doing some yoga poses to relieve you of tension!
Here are some usual pains and the yoga poses to relieve them!
Painful Wrists and Hands
When your job includes a lot of typing, pain in the wrists and hands are expected. This is because the very motion of typing is repetitive and doing it for hours would no doubt cause some tension. When you type your hands are also in a quite tense position which means blood can’t circulate that well therefore muscles go stiff.
Sit and plant your feet flat on the floor. Make sure your feet are hip-width apart. Sit straight with your shoulders dropped away from your ears. Bring your two hands on your lap and interlace your fingers. Breathe in deeply and start reaching your arms out to your front then press the palms away. Breathe out while raising your arms over your head. Try your best to straighten your elbows but do only as much as you can without your shoulders being scrunched. If it happens that your shoulders are rising up, bend your elbows a little. Keep the pose for 10 complete breaths and on your 10th exhale lower your arms. Repeat the pose for a second or third time.
Painful Feet and Ankles
If you’re fond of wearing high-heeled shoes, you’re most likely familiar with getting pain on your feet and ankles. High-heeled shoes actually push the weight of your body to the front of the foot. And if you love wearing those high heels with pointy styles, your feet are actually getting pushed into very narrow spaces.
The Yoga Solution
First off, take off your high heels. Sit on a chair and cross the right ankle over the left thigh. Start weaving your fingers on your left hand with the right foot, starting from under up between the toes. You’d be like holding hands with your right foot. Start doing a circular motion using your ankle, 10 on each direction. Now, start bending back the toes leading to the direction on your shin and then bend them down leading toward your heel. Repeat for five times for each direction. Once done, give the bottom of your foot a massage using your thumb. Pay special attention to the arches of your foot. Do the same on your other foot.
Share these tension-relieving yoga poses to your friends and colleagues!