Posts from 2014-10-09

Dehydration and its effect on the body

One of the things I start to notice on clients during the summer months especially, is the effect dehydration has on the fascia of the body. A lot of the time during a treatment with a client the work is focused more on myofascial work than traditional “muscle” work.

With the warmer weather, we need to increase the amount of water and fluids we drink to prevent dehydration. Without water the body cannot function optimally and it can have a big effect not just making us thirsty or giving us a headache; but on the muscles and the connective tissues of the body.

As the body becomes dehydrated the water within the body goes to those areas that need it most, so the muscles and the fascia, (the connective tissue that covers the body from head to toe) becomes dehydrated. Fascia holds water like a sponge, and without enough, it turns into a gel like glue, which stops the fibres gliding as smoothly. The result is that this can decrease movement, and lead to pain in the muscles and joints.

To ensure the body is able to keep moving freely we need to not only keep the body moving, (getting up from our sun loungers on a regular basis, and going for a dip in the water! ) , but also to keep the body sufficiently hydrated so the moving parts of the body can continue to move as they should do. If the body starts to stiffen then it is necessary to work on rehydrating the fascia both by increasing water intake, but also stimulating the fascia with myofascial massage or by using tools such as a foam roller to allow the fascia to be rearranged and reorganized back into shape.

Yin Yoga

Our lives are busy, we rush around, creating stress for ourselves and very rarely taking “me time”, time to slow down, to reflect and to allow our minds time to be calm and tranquil.

Yin yoga is that quiet time that everyone needs in their lives. It is the balance to the exercise we do, to the stress and strain we put upon our muscles. It is the time to let the body unwind, to allow the connective tissues to unfurl and find their length again, to spend time in poses  (often as long as 5 minutes), to let go of the tension that builds up in the body, and to allow the mind to be quiet. It is wonderfully nourishing to the mind & body to allow them both to be still. There is only one standing pose in Yin, the rest are seated or lying down, to allow the poses to envelope the body, creating a release in tension , a lengthening of the tissues and an opening of the joints.

It is the perfect practice to compliment anyone who experiences any tension, or tightness in the muscles and joints. It especially focuses on the area between knee and navel allowing those tight muscles in the hips and back to unwind.
Whether it is for a relaxation of the body or the calmness of the mind, allowing that time to be selfish and to focus solely on yourself and your body should be something that we allow ourselves to do on a regular basis, so that we can continue with the rest of our yang lives.

I teach a Yin Yoga class in Burgau at 6.30pm every Wednesday evening.
Please call me on 913202621 for more information.


Urbanização Recantos de Burgau,
Lote 9, Montinhos de Burgau,
Burgau, 8600-120 Luz Lagos

Tel: (00351) 91 320 26 21