One of my new favorite things
I have been telling everyone for the last little while about this and I'm losing track of who I've told. I think everyone would benefit from this, so I'm putting it out there for anyone who hasn't seen me lately.
Pandiculation is the 'stretch' you do when you first wake up. It's usually paired with a yawn. This move does more than just loosen you up and make you feel good. It's a conversation between your brain and muscles about muscle tension that you don't get with traditional stretching. It can be done with your whole body, or by area. Pandiculating throughout the day can help prevent tension from building up and eventually causing chronic pain. Martha Peterson, with Essential Somatics, does a great job of explaining pandiculation in this video. I hope you get relief from this technique! Give it a try and let me know what you think.