We have all done it, piled the presents around us, popped on our favourite Christmas film or music, grabbed mince pie and a mulled wine or hot chocolate and settled down for a present wrapping session. More often than not all the preparation is about the tools we need to do the job at hand (as well as treats to keep going). However we often forget the main tool we need – our body, & instead just plop down with little thought to the discomfort we will be in after half an hour or so of sitting on the floor, leaning over & stretching.
Buy it & wrap it.
Ok I am not a fan of this as I am never that organised to remember to write down what I have bought and for whom, so if I did this I would end up with a huge pile for one person, and nothing for someone else. HOWEVER if you are more organised than I am, then this is a great way to avoid wrapping pain.
Give Gift Certificates
So this may seem to be the an unimaginative choice of present, however you can tailor the gift to the recipient, and you can often avoid the stress of shopping by purchasing online, and the discomfort of wrapping. Perhaps you know someone who would benefit from an osteopathic treatment – we offer gift certificates for both new and existing patients. What better gift than to relieve someone else’s pain.
Don’t sit on the floor.
First of all don’t sit on the floor if possible. Instead sit a a table in a supportive chair, or stand up, or alternate between the 2.
Prepare your work station
- Gather the wrapping paper, gift tags, scissors, sellotape & pens so that they are easy to reach within arms length.
- Don’t stretch to far, instead move the gift or wrapping paper towards you.
- Make sure the chair is a comfortable one
- Wear supportive shoes.
Every half an hour or so change your sitting or standing position and stretch out those muscles which have been maintaining your position. Remember it is never your posture that is your problem it is the lack of movement.
Below are 3 exercises which will help you ease tired muscles.
Standing Lower Trapezius Strengthening