Friday, October 24, 2008

Wear A Scarf

I'm on vacation this week in beautiful Gloucester, Virginia, but I thought I'd post this excellent health tip real quick: keep your neck covered when it's cold.

It's getting chillier in the Northern Hemisphere as winter approaches. Kimberly Hart, fabulous massage therapist, herbalist, and owner of Adagio Holistic Therapies in Minneapolis, recently sent out a good email reminder that we should be wearing scarves or finding other ways of keeping our necks warm at this time of year and until the weather is warm again. She noted that if our neck is cold we tend to scrunch up our shoulders and this gets us into bad posture, tension, etc.

Lately I've been having terrible neck tension so this was a great reminder to me. And besides, it's a good excuse to stock up on pretty scarves, whether handmade or store bought. I've been eyeing some at T.J. Maxx for a while now!

6 comments:

Anna M said...

I found that becoming more used to the weather out here in the east after being in an arid climate for 20 years was, well, interesting.

I don't want a long dangly bit or scarf all day but I really was warmer with something around my neck and in particular upper bosom and upper back between my shoulder blades. These seemed to be trigger points for my cold issues.

The answer for me was shawlettes. Little knitted triangles, just 400 yards or so of fingering weight. I can tuck the two ends over each other in front and into my shirt or I can pin them in front.

If I get too warm I can separate the front to hang side by side and allow a bit more air flow.

I also found that by drinking warmer liquids, room temp or hotter, I stay warmer. No more iced tea for me! Time to dip into the kettle on the woodstove instead.

lovinglandbase said...

this is great news lisa, since i am pretty much addicted to scarves. aren't they an essential accessory here in mn? i sure think so. i wear them as early as i can in late summer/early fall all the way through late spring if i can manage.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa,

I've been surfing all over looking for you "super duper elderberry tonic" recipe and can't locate it. Is there any way you can post it or guide me to the recipe?

thank you,
susie

LisaZ said...

Anna M, great idea--"shawlettes". Do you have a photo of them anywhere? I'll check your blog...

Also, warm food and beverages are very good for us in winter. Keeping warm is important!

LisaZ said...

Oh, Anna M, you don't have a blog listed on your profile. Boo hoo...

Holistic Sydney said...

Neck tension is a common anxiety symptom. When anxiety is running high...you can bet that your neck muscles are engaged. Try and be aware of that area of your body and as soon as you realize that you are tightening up, try and relax them.