The importance of keeping your neck warm!

My sister (who owns Island Yarn Company) tells me that cowls are all the rage this year, which makes me quite happy. But why would I be writing about it on my massage website?

Close your eyes for a minute and think about being outside in that frigid air, with no protection around your neck. Think about what happens to your posture. You hike your shoulders up to your ears. You roll your shoulders in. You push your head forward. All those upper back and neck muscles tense up.Your neck is not designed to hold your head in that position. Your upper back has trouble balancing the strong force of your chest muscles pulling your shoulders in.  It’s painful just thinking about it!  Now…stop thinking about that! Yeesh! That was a cruel activity for me to inflict upon you!

B-R-R-R-ing me a NECK WARMER!

B-R-R-R-ing me a NECK WARMER!

 

Do this instead: Think about what it’s like to go out in that same frigid air, but with a nice, thick, warm neck warmer protecting you! Can you feel your shoulders relaxing? See how your head goes back into a more natural position? Doesn’t that feel better?

Look Ma! No hunched shoulders!

Look Ma! No hunched shoulders!

Here’s an assignment for you. Dig it out of your closet, buy it from a store, borrow it from your friend, make it yourself…do whatever it takes to get a scarf, neck warmer or cowl around that aching neck. (Well, don’t mug anybody for it, but you get my drift of snowbrain thoughts). And while you’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt to throw a hat on your lovely head too :)

BONUS:  There’s also an Accupressure point, at the top of the shoulder blades, called Bearing Support, which helps to strengthen the immune system. It is particularly helpful with resisting colds and flus. I’ve been told that keeping this point warm during the winter season is very helpful in resistance to colds and flus. If your neck warming device is thick enough, I’m quite sure it will keep that accupressure point warm!

And as a thank you to my sister for keeping me updated on these things, I’m going to blatantly plug her store. You can buy gorgeous (and I mean GORGEOUS), hand-dyed yarn from her to make your neck warmers, cowls, and scarves. (The hat and cowl in the above picture are made from that GORGEOUS yarn). Go check out her website if you are, or know, a knitter or crocheter… Island Yarn Company.