You just “love” mornings. Well, you hate those early hours, don’t you? You hit that "snooze button" more often than you could count on all of your fingertips. Caffeine runs all over your veins. Lunch time could also be described as "punch me in the face, so I can keep my eyes open." By the end of the day you can't even remember what your pet name is, but somehow, after an exhausting day, you completely fail at the simplest task - trying to fall asleep. Aaah, here we meet again, insomnia.
Is being drained out of energy really the "new normal"? Everybody's feeling it, right? Wrong! You can't help but wonder what substances those happy, shiny people are on.
"Are they eating some magical mushrooms or drinking from the unicorns cup of youth? Well, they must be some kind of aliens because every single hard working person is fatigued all the time."
You spend most of your days at home, following the same routines, especially if you're also working from home. You are faced with an entirely new cocktail of emotions, from anxiety to generally lacking stamina for doing - well, quite anything! The overwhelming feeling of this surreal contemporary society, the stress we feel every time we go outside, the vast uncertainty on how long this will all last, and other questions on how to stay safe and healthy are just starting to nibble parts of our mental and physical health.
How on earth can we not feel like we're being squeezed out of our energy? Our bodies are meant to be in motion constantly, but hey - who on earth has the time or vigor to do some extra work after a 10-hour work day from the same couch, day in, day out?!
No, it's not a misspelling. It's not even an autocorrect error (you know that f**k that always turns itself into a duck) …
When explaining what fascia does in our body, many studies describe it as architecture. Imagine if our body was a house. Our bones are the concrete foundation and fascia is load-bearing walls holding everything together.
Simply, fascia is the connective tissue that works like cellophane, holding everything together. Fascia takes many forms. Researchers differ from the solid and liquid fascia.
But it's not all construction "serious business"; it is scientifically proven (source) that fascia also has an essential role in our emotions and immune system.
Fascia works like a saran wrap - see, your body is a true gift!
This is why it should be clear, stretchy, and gliding effortlessly. Unhealthy fascia is on the other hand sticky, flaky, and tight. Muscle knots can be an example when fascia doesn't work correctly.
The thing about fascia is straightforward. You feel stressed, sit too much or always in the same position, eat and drink poorly and your fascia will get lumpy, sticky, and tight. The results are known - your muscles will feel tight, you'll be less energized and you start feeling pain in different locations. Needless to say, you'll be more prone to sickness and feeling sad.
Treating unhealthy fascia is not as complicated as you might think it is. Yes, it is found all over your body, connected with muscles, lymph, and other tissues. That's why you have to tackle it comprehensively. What does that mean?
If the fascia is cellophane that tightly hugs the goodies inside, it's impossible to only move the cellophane without moving the goodies below.
All factors above are crucial for making your fascia healthy and releasing the tension you might be feeling. Remember that feeling fatigued should not be overlooked; it is a sign of many causes. But don't be overwhelmed because you can have your high energy back with just a few new tricks.
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Gentle and mild messages are the thing! Nice, easy massage techniques will often be more successful in decreasing stress levels, your mental and tissue stress levels that make them knotted.
Believe us; you haven't seen a massager like this! Loops are small handheld gadgets perfect for everyday use.
There's no extra mystery around it, minimal, sustainable design, and highly functional, but it can bring that special magic in your life.
It's perfect for problems caused by a modern lifestyle like stiff neck and shoulders, muscle soreness, lousy blood circulation, sluggish lymph, and tight fascia. Because it's small, handheld, and completely battery-free, it can accompany you on every step - at home, your office, gym, and even while traveling.
It’s no secret that massage has many benefits. It's not only about giving your body some rubs; it's much more!
How can you endear your everyday life with Loops?
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We bet you are! Fascia is so great; the mind of it will seduce you, and all of a sudden, you will find yourself daydreaming about it. So here it is, a bit more info for the curious ones.
Fascia makes everything continuous. This is why the causes of unhealthy fascia affect your whole body. What are the main reasons your fascia is not working well?
All these causes can be intertwined. No wonder you feel fatigued, low on energy, and all cramped up at the end of your day. With all this stress you've been battling, sitting for more than half a day in the same position and possibly on a kitchen chair that offers you zero to none back support. And how about those sleepless nights or waking up and feeling even more tired? You know the feeling when you wake up and immediately want to take another nap?
There are many other ways to soothe your cramped body and feeling low. Because we nowadays feel quickly overwhelmed, we suggest you try to implement only one thing for a start. Let's say a quick and sweet massage with Loops by Otobody to wake up your body in the morning or relieve all the tension you might feel in the evening.
You can also try these quick remedies that keep fascia flexible:
Also, keep your body on the move, especially if you spend most of your day sitting. Try yoga to improve your flexibility or cardio workouts to boost your blood circulation.