Arriba la festa major,
sonen trompetes des del meu balcó,
l’esperança de tornar-te a veure,
tu ets el meu amor.
Colors a la plaça major,
fades i follets han fet de pintor,
la vida són quatre dies.
Have you ever been treated by a malayali nurse at some point in life?
At the Kochi Muziris Biennale, Jobin checks out this rather interesting exhibit which talks about the ubiquitous nature of the malayali nurse and their prominence in Indian healthcare!
SIT ALL DAY? Do this stretch.
If you didn’t see my previous post, I talked about how sitting all day could possibly lead to back pain. It might be worth reading that before you read through this. 🤓
Remember how I said the body is a master compensator? 🤨 Well, tight hip flexors may be the cause of your back pain.
The psoas (pronounced so-as) is a muscle (one of your hip flexors) that connects your core to your femur (thighbone) and the main function of this muscle is hip flexion (pulling your legs towards your torso). Sitting for too long can cause this muscle to become short and tight. A tight psoas will pull your torso towards your femur and can cause you to over arch your back, leading to that damn back pain that’s been bothering you. 😩
So what do we do? For some immediately relief, stretch out the psoas. My favorite is the half-kneeling psoas stretch.
- Kneel down on one leg and place the other leg ahead of it at a 90-degree angle and keep your hips facing forward, as shown.
- Keep your back straight, tailbone tucked (seen me clench my butt in my Instagram stories? Like that) and glutes squeezed.
- Shift your hip forward until you feel the stretch and hold 10-15 deep breathes. Rotate your torso to the side opposite to the one you are stretching and you should feel the stretch a little deeper.
- Switch legs and repeat.
You can do this stretch a couple of times a day. Don’t expect to constantly stretch and hope that everything will be okay. Like I said previously, add some form of exercise and resistance training to your regime and you’ll start to feel better by slowly getting stronger. 💪
Bookmark this and tag someone that might find this useful, I’d appreciate it 📚😁
PS: I am NOT a licensed physiotherapist, these are things that work for me and are backed by what I’ve been told by my physio and the research that I have done to try and fix my pain.
Photo and text by @yogesh.manhas:
Icicles: Patnitop Hills, Jammu.
Patnitop is a beautiful hill destination situated in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir about 110 kms Jammu city. The place was originally known as 'Patan Da Talab', translated as ‘the pond of the princess’. According to a legend, the pond was used by a princess for her daily baths. The name, however, changed to Patnitop from 'Patan Da Talab' over the years.