Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Calluses, Knots and Brown Spots...Yay!

Self-myofascial release” sounds a little kinky, but it’s actually an excellent way to stretch and release knots in muscles. I use a molded foam roller from Perform Better on my back, hip flexors, glutes, shoulders, hamstrings, under my arms…almost anywhere I get knotted up.

The foam roller made a world of difference in managing my sciatica. There used to be days when my glutes hurts so bad I could hardly walk. My massage therapist showed me techniques for loosening up those muscles, and now I find by using the foam roller every day before working out, I don’t have the same pain issues and my feet don’t fall asleep when I’m on the elliptical or arc trainer as often as they used to. Regular spinal adjustments by my chiropractor also help keep sciatica from being too much of a “pain in the butt.” Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

On another note, the calluses I’ve developed on the lower part of my fingers on the inside of my hands are peeling. If I didn’t wear gloves while lifting my new barbell, I can only imagine how tough the calluses would be, but I like them. They’re rewards and reminders of my hard work.

I’ve got freckles, too. More than I’ve ever had in my life, and my skin has seen the sun more in past years than this year. It’s probably my age. At almost 45 (that happens in six weeks), I’m assuming I’m more prone to age spots, freckles, whatever you want to call them.

My grandmother, Katinka Hagebakken (I’m not kidding you), had really beautiful age spots. Her hands at 90 years old were soft and boney and peppered with brown spots. Nothing cancerous, nothing dangerous, just small, pretty brown spots against her aging white skin. My mom has skin like that, too. While I look like my dad and am built like my dad, I have my mom’s skin. That’s compensation for inheriting the flat Haraldson butt.

So…freckles, sciatica and calluses. TMI, I’m sure. But the more into maintenance I get, the more aware I am of the other parts of me. While losing weight, I was focused on my scale number and what the measuring tape said. Now I notice the more subtle things – things I should have paid attention to even though obese, but never gave them the time of day. Like my toes and ankles and elbows. Do you ever just look at them? Appreciate them?

Give your body a look-see. What do you like? Don’t concentrate on the stuff you don’t like. Really find things you like.

Yes, I even like my problem with sciatica. Why? Because I don’t ignore it. I care for it and work it out. Calluses? If I had them before, I ignored them. And brown spots were just another flaw. No more. I’m keeping my eye out and concentrating on the positive.

Are you?

2 comments:

  1. Hi Lynn, That foam roller sounds very interesting. I have a spine injury that sometimes really causes my legs and hips to hurt, as well as numbness and tingling in my legs. I'll have to check that roller out. Yes, I notice various parts of my body, both good and bad, aging or not. I still really like it when I get a glance at my arms and wrists that are so thin compared to before. I actually like it that I can see the veins in my hands. Before, it was really hard when I needed a blood draw, because it just looked like I didn't have any veins.

    Well, enough for now. Thanks for always writing such thoughtful posts.

    Oh yeah!!! Must tell you that I drove a couple hours to take a long walk in the forest due to your post (and a couple of others) about taking long walks. It really put me in the mood to challenge myself with a long walk. I could walk in the forest right where I live, but it is 106 degrees. So I drove up to Tahoe and had a great day. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. I actually am :)

    I love my small none too perky boobs even in and maybe because OF the fact I live in the land o'silicone :)

    Miz.

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