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JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2015

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20 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 5 TIPS FOR TODAY 1. BODY STRETCH This is a great way to give your entire body a nice lengthening stretch. Interlace your fingers, put your hands above your head, and with palms facing toward the ceiling, reach up toward the sky. Breathe into the stretch and hold for 5 seconds. Release, shake your arms out, and repeat 3 times. 2. SIDE BENDS With hands hanging loose at your sides, slowly bend to your right at the waist, keeping your back straight. Breathe into the stretch, feeling it in your left side. Slowly return to the starting position, and then bend to your left. Repeat the sequence 2–3 times. 3. UPPER BODY TWIST Standing with your feet hip-width apart, place your hands on your hips and twist your upper body to one side. Slowly return to the starting position, then repeat on the opposite side. Repeat the sequence 3–5 times on each side. 10 Quick Exercises to Avoid Repetitive Strain Injuries By Brandon Twyford Repetitive strain injuries are caused by the overuse of specific body parts to perform a specific task, such as using thumbs or fingers to palpate muscle tissue. Bodyworkers and massage therapists are especially at risk for these types of injuries due to the precise nature of their work, which places a significant amount of stress on the small bones, ligaments, and muscles of the hand and wrist. Here are 10 simple exercises you can perform between sessions to counteract the negative effects of repetitive motion.

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