Exploring ways to support the physical and metaphorical “Wings of our Heart” with gentle movement, stretching, and strengthening. Gravity never sleeps. If we are not attentive, the force of gravity may result in a forward-head position, rounded shoulders and other unpleasant symptoms.
We can engage with the force of gravity by opening into our heart space.
Anatomically, the heart is positioned underneath the powerful pectoral muscles that may become shortened from repetitive use. Our heart maintains our physical life and the heart is recognized as the residence of our emotions-both negative and positive. How we feel and how we hold our bodies are undoubtedly connected. It is important for us to acknowledge the physical and metaphysical heart to support balance from the inside out. When we take the time to commit to opening our heart space, we “demobilize” ourselves. Bringing out our innermost heart to ourselves is one way we can dissolve pain and tension resulting from disconnection. Keeping our hearts open is very important, not just to receive love and light, but to let the light and love that dwells in our hearts shine forth.
Taking care of your heart is a beautiful act of loving kindness.
Here are a few ways to open your heart:
- Enjoy some deep, cleansing breaths
- Speak to your heart and wait for responses
- Take a few more breaths and really notice what your feeling
STRENGTHENING YOUR HEART
- Stretch your chest and strengthen your rhomboids
- Bend your elbows and interlace your fingers behind your hips
- Separate the palms of your hands
- Keep your elbows bent, lift and square your shoulders
- Draw your shoulders back, moving your elbows toward each other so that the upper arms are parallel to each other
- Gently engage the muscles along your spine as you draw your forearms away from your back, and stretch the front of your chest and shoulders.
- Using a yoga ball
- Sit on the ball slowly rolling down until your back is on the middle of the ball with your hands above your head letting them hang for about 30 seconds.
- After 30 seconds, slowly walk yourself back up until you are sitting upright on the ball.
Create space for what is working for you, allowing each moment to be a new discovery of what feels best for you and your heart. Stay present and appreciate yourself and reveal the joy of living in both inner and outer balance.
Massage therapy on a regular basis can reduce occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias, which cause the heart to pump less efficiently, and can decrease both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Massage can ease heart strain by improving circulation toward the heart while relaxing contracted muscles.
Massage heart health benefits
- Reduces hypertension
- Manages depression and insomnia
- Enhances relaxation
- Treats anxiety
A massage once per month can aid in long-term health maintenance.