A lot of things can affect your posture. If you work on computers, you might find yourself slouched forward on occasion. If you work in construction, you might find that you have your arms over your head most of the time and your head tilted back. Maybe you are working in your garden this summer and you are on all fours with a rounded back. Keeping good posture is difficult and it only becomes more difficult when you put children into the mix (children that need to be held that is). Here are a few posture tips to take into consideration when you have a new addition to your family. There is already a lot to think about when you have a new baby, but if you can check your posture once and a while you will save your body from additional pain.
When holding your baby, try to not arch your back. Taking on the additional weight of a baby naturally drives you to tip back so that the baby can rest more on the front of your body. Instead of arching to compensate for the weight, spread your feet apart to shoulder width, pull your shoulders down and hold your baby facing out at your waist. Place one hand under the child’s bottom and one underneath their arms. Baby’s head will then naturally rest on your chest. This will put baby’s weight more in your arms and less on the back.
Try not to carry your baby or baby’s car seat on your hip. When doing this your hip pops out, leaving your back to not be in alignment. You will then find that your body learns to compensate for this in a variety of ways and it can cause pain in not only your hips, but your back, neck, shoulders and legs. Instead carry baby as noted in #1 or in the car seat in front of the body.
If breastfeeding, make sure that you have a supported feeding position. Bring baby up to you/breast and then have adequate pillow support under your arm at the height of your breast.
Lastly, if carrying a baby using a sling or carrier, make sure to have baby’s weight evenly distributed on the body. Slings and carriers are amazing when it comes to giving mom’s arms a much needed break, but if the sling or carrier is not the right size or is not correctly adjusted to mom, then you will find yourself feeling discomfort. Make sure to read the instructions provided with your product of choice and that if there are size variations, you pick the size suited for you.
If you find yourself experiencing pain or discomfort after participating in numbers 1-4 above and are unable to find relief, schedule an appointment with a licensed Massage Therapist. They can then evaluate your overall posture and help you find additional methods to lessen the aches.
Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Mom of 2.
Recently I gave birth to my daughter Collette (June 11, 2016). Being now a mom of 2 kids under 2 I realized quickly that my time to eat, let alone cook, was being cut short. So like any parent nowadays, I went to Pinterest to help me find a recipe that did not require any baking, but was still healthy, and I found these no bake energy bites. Well after making them up (barely took any time), I thought I should share the recipe with the Kneaded Relief Family.
As a side note, my husband and my son (22 months), loved them…
No Bake Energy Bites (just throw it all into a bowl and mix with hands. Then, form into balls a little smaller than the size of a golf ball.)
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1/3 cup Raw Honey
1/2 cup Peanut Butter (Smooth)
1/2 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
2/3 cup shredded coconut (toast it in the microwave for additional flavor)
1/2 cup ground flax seed
Depending upon the size of the bites that you make, you should get at least 12-15 bites from this recipe.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Dana Neal – Spa Manager and Group Fitness Instructor
Thankfully in this post the Dream Time that I am speaking off has nothing to do with actual sleep. The amount of sleep you receive at night and the part of time in which you dream is another whole post in itself. What this discussion is about is a product called Dream Time. For years Kneaded Relief has carried the Dream Time line of Shoulder Wraps, Body Wraps, Lumbar Wraps, Eye and Sinus Pillows and Sleep Masks.
They were well made products that incorporated Heat Therapy, Cold Therapy and Aromatherapy and came from Eastern medicine inspiration. The very sad news is this company has decided to no longer appeal to Small Businesses. Its spin off company Spa Comforts will now be taking the forefront and be marketed to solely large corporations (Target, Walmart, etc.). Dream Time was highly superior in quality and Spa Comforts is made for the masses. So why talk about this product now? Well Kneaded Relief has a small stock left of the Dream Time products and we want our guests to have the opportunity to receive this quality of a product before it goes completely away. We will be researching and looking for another company to takes it place because we do believe in all the benefits Dream Time offered and once we do find that company we will let you know. In the meantime, here is why Dream Time was so beneficial and what made it special. Please feel free to stop in while supplies last.
As Dream Time itself stated, “imagine a life where you move through your days with ease and grace – no resistance to your true nature of being well. You sleep easy, breathe easy and live easy. Dream Time’s products help temper the aches and pains that come with the stress and pressure of daily life and they help show you how to find that quiet place inside where calm prevails and harmony flows.”
Dream Time incorporated 3 types of therapy into their products.
Heat Therapy: a natural remedy that helps increase blood flow, relax tight, sore, achy muscles and reduce joint stiffness. Moist heat penetrates deeply and provides soothing comfort, allowing stress and tension to simply melt away.
Cold Therapy: naturally reduces swelling, helps alleviate aches and pains and is the time-tested treatment for sports injuries and relaxing muscle spasms. Cold therapy can bring your body back into balance and harmony and is a wonderful way to rejuvenate your spirit.
Aromatherapy: the use of aromatic plants to encourage good health and well-being has been practiced for thousands of years. The aromas from pure plant oils are truly holistic and can have a powerful and positive effect on the mind, body and spirit. Aromatherapy can help alleviate the various symptoms of stress to help you unwind and connect with your inner self.
The combination of these 3 elements in one’s lifestyle is a conscious decision to make a healthier lifestyle choice and a new approach to preventative health.
We do wish that this company was still afloat, but it is out of our hands. Stop in to our location to pick up a wonderful product that had too short of a life.
Dana Neal – Spa Manager and Group Fitness Instructor