How to Relieve Tension in the Back While Standing

January 29, 2016

Don't let making pea soup cause tension in your back.

When the forecast calls for snow, my feet lead me towards the kitchen where the aroma of hearty soups and stews do a lot to lift my spirit. Of course, I have to prepare those meals which means standing for substantial periods of time. I can only enjoy the process of cooking as long as my back doesn’t start to object. Here’s a short movement sequence I want to share with you that eases back discomfort and makes extended periods of standing easier. I have also included my recipe for pea soup at the end of the blog.

The human body is built to move so the longer we hold a static position the more difficult it becomes. Even a slight shift of position from time to time will allow the body to feel more relaxed. In the day of the Wild West, the saloons always a brass foot rail in front of the bar. Since the cow boys had to stand to drink, the bar owners wanted to make sure they were as comfortable as possible. When they put one foot on the brass bar it relieved the tension in the low back created from long hours on horseback. The more comfortable the cow boy patrons, the longer they would stay and drink. You can get the same effect as the cowboys by using a block or a thick book (a telephone book works well) under one foot. If you have to stand for an extended period of time you may want to switch the block and put it under the other foot for a while.

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Pea Soup Recipe

Today I made pea soup and it was absolutely delicious. Here is the recipe if you want to try it.
1 large ham bone
10 cups of water
2 ½ cups dried, split green peas
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
1 cloves of garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
8 pepper corns
1 cup of diced ham
1 cup of cooked brown rice
  1. Place the ham bone and water in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Remove the ham bone and skim the fat off the top of the broth.
  2. Rinse and clean peas prior to cooking. Discard any shriveled or discolored peas. Add split peas to the broth, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add onion, celery, carrots, minced garlic, bay leaf and pepper corns to the broth. Simmer for another 30 minutes.
  4. Add the diced ham and brown rice to the soup and simmer for 15 more minutes.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary before serving.

Sandra Bradshaw, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and Functional Movement Specialist will help you to boost your capacity to move effortlessly. With a background in special education, yoga, functional movement, and music, Sandra integrates this knowledge with the latest brain research to help you find solutions to your personal needs that are effective and long lasting. If you are interested in more information or would like to make an appointment, call Sandra today at 250 862 8489.

The Feldenkrais Method® created by physicist Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD., combines precisely structured movement sequences with the latest advances in brain research; it will help you recover from specific areas of injury such as the neck and shoulders or to improve fluidity and ease in sports, recreational activities or life. Join the ranks of such notables as actress Whoopi Goldberg, cellist YoYo Ma and the members of the Canadian Men’s Alpine Ski Team in experiencing the benefits of this method.

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