In the last few days I tried Reflexology and Chair Yoga and Mindfullness
Reflexology. I had a Groupon for $30 for 1 hour. The partitioner works out a Chiropractic office in Blackwood. I don’t think there is any way to tell if this does anything. To me it was just a foot and hand massage. It was relaxing and cheap, but would I make it a habit? I don’t think so.
Reflexology Verdict: Probably Not.
Chair Yoga. My sister told me about a version of Yoga where you sit on a chair thru the entire thing. I had concerns about my ability to get up off the floor if I was having a bad pain day. Let me start with this, I don’t like group activities. I like to do my own thing. I have a bad case of “You are not the boss of me” and don’t take to any type of class leader very well.
But… I liked it. OK, so it was only one time but it was nice. I think I felt a little better as far as stress and pain. It is once a week on Wednesday mornings and I only have one week off left. I paid for the entire class but will only be able to attend the first two. Oh well. Maybe I will look around for another place that offers Chair Yoga in the evening.
Chair Yoga Verdict: Big Yes
Intro to Mindfullness. This was a class offered at Jefferson. The full class is 8 weeks and 2.5 hrs per class!! The Dr that ran it had a gentle kind way about her. You couldn’t help but like her. Unfortunately, Mindfullness is not for me. At least not right now. I didn’t like that we sat in a circle, forcing you to stare at the people across from you an vise versa. I had problems sitting so still for such a long time. I had a hard time trying to get to a relaxed focused place surrounded by so many people. I was already having a bad day so that didn’t help. I think it’s something you have to really practice and work on to get anything out of it. I really can’t see how not thinking about the future or past can do anything to change your life. I would sum Mindfullness up like this- don’t focus too much on the past and don’t worry too much about the future. Done. The Dr said there were tons of studies showing it clearly reduces stress. Not for me. It increased mine.
Verdict: I may give it another try at one other time in my life but for now….Mindfullness is a definite no.
I have one more week off work so this adventure is winding down. If anyone has any thoughts about these therapies, I’d love to hear from you. Good or Bad.
Any other thoughts???