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96 m a s s a g e & b o d y wo r k s e p te m b e r/o c to b e r 2 0 2 2 Happy Baby Pose FITNESS MINUTE Back-to-back appointments can be a challenging part of the massage profession. We want to get through those days giving each client our complete effort, whether they're our fi rst client of the day or our last. Those back-to-backs can make us feel lethargic if we go into each session without any time between to rejuvenate. As massage therapists, we're here to help individuals relax and relieve their pain. But if we don't prep and maintain ourselves, then we'll be the ones in pain, and those future massage appointments might start dropping off! Approach those fully booked days as if they're a marathon, not a sprint. If possible, leave some time between sessions to replenish and restore your body. To provide that same, fantastic effort for each client, prepare by staying hydrated, having a quality snack, breathing, and stretching. Take time between sessions to practice these yoga moves and static poses. YOGA MOVES TO PRACTICE BETWEEN CLIENT APPOINTMENTS Seated Side-Bend Stretch Sit upright with your legs crossed. Keep one arm on the ground, while the other reaches overhead. Gradually lean your body toward the arm that's touching the ground. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, working up to 1 minute per side. Reclined Pigeon Pose Start by lying fl at on your back with one knee bent toward your chest and the other leg straight on the fl oor. With one hand, reach the bent leg and gently draw your foot across your chest, grabbing hold of your ankle. Continue to hold this pose for up to 1 minute for each leg. Taking Time for You Will Benefi t Your Clients By Marisa Savino, LMT and Personal Trainer VIDEO: "YOGA MOVES TO PRACTICE BETWEEN CLIENT APPOINTMENTS" 1. Open your camera 2. Scan the code 3. Tap on notification 4. Watch! Happy Baby Pose Begin by lying on your back with both knees bent toward your chest, keeping them at a 90-degree angle. Grab your feet—inside or outside, whatever feels most comfortable. (If you can't reach your feet, grab your shins.) Spread your knees until they're wider than your armpits. Slowly rock side to side, releasing your back and hips as you stretch the groin, inner thigh, and hamstrings. As you continue to rock, keep your shoulders glued to the mat. Hold for 10 full breaths. Lizard Stretch Begin on the ground in what is known as the "runners stretch" but in a modifi ed position with the back knee touching the ground. Keep your opposing leg bent at 90 degrees with the knee directly over the ankle. As you reach the ground in front of your body, readjust your bent leg to move farther away from your body at a slight angle. Stay in the pose for up to fi ve deep breaths for each leg. Marisa Savino is a New Jersey-based massage therapist and fi tness professional with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and psychology. Combining the knowledge of these two disciplines allows her to help prevent injuries and be better able to address the whole health of a client. Learn more at msfi and follow her on Instagram triss. Seated Side-Bend Stretch Lizard Stretch Reclined Pigeon Pose

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