Rachel Richards

licensed massage therapist

east village, nyc

News: April 2020

The 3 ways to stay healthy and calm during the COVID-19 crisis

The coronavirus, COVID-19, has quickly become a pandemic. Most of us suddenly find ourselves living in isolation with no income, no childcare, and limited access to healthcare. We watch the news in horror and wonder when there will be an end to this crisis.

It is now more important than ever to keep our bodies and minds healthy. This video is a compilation of clips from several videos on my YouTube channel, and addresses three essential health factors in this new way of life: posture, tension, and anxiety.

When stuck at home, it is easy to slump over your laptop on the couch. But this sort of habit will lead to bad news for your body. In this video, you will learn how to save your muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments, and fascia from pain and injury due to poor posture.

You will also learn quick and effective ways to release muscle tension, and alleviate anxiety through mindfulness and self-massage.

I hope this video brings you some relief during this challenging time. Try doing your favorite techniques daily for lasting benefits.

If you find this video helpful, I invite you to "like" the video and subscribe to my channel. And let us know in the comments section what helps you to get through hard times like this. Maybe by sharing our thoughts, we can all help out each other.

More excellent resources

Here are some more resources to keep your body and mind healthy, even while stuck at home:

Exercise: Nerd Fitness will guide you through effective home workouts that don't require any equipment. This site is fun and playful, and has options for everyone from beginner to advanced.

Yoga: Just try one video and you'll see why Yoga with Adriene is my favorite yoga channel. She has a warm, nurturing presence, and invites you to have fun with yoga and "find what feels good." Adriene has a plethora of videos for every level of practice.

Meditation: There are many apps for meditation, like Headspace and Calm, that guide you through your meditation practice. I encourage you to try it out, even if you've never meditated before. There is strong scientific evidence that meditating on a regular basis can alter your mindset, improving mental and emotional health. Check out more benefits here.

Nutrition: Eating a well-balanced diet is always vital to good health, but perhaps even more important now as we try to keep our immune systems strong. This nutrition.org article has a lot of great advice.

Sleep: Most adults require seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Anxiety can really interfere with sleep and even cause insomnia. For great tips, meditations, yoga, and soothing self massages all designed to improve your sleep, check out my playlist.

Self-care: And of course, please visit my YouTube channel, with over 90 videos on self-care, self-massage, stretching, corrective exercises, breathing techniques, mindfulness and more!

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy April!


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Sienna turned seven on March 16th. We had a party planned for her on Long Island with family, and at school with friends. Both, of course, were cancelled. But Jesse and I made sure she had a super fun weekend, including her annual birthday scavenger hunt, an Oreo ice cream cake, and plenty of presents.

This is a tough time for everyone. Please know you are not alone. We're all in this together. If there's anything I can do to help, please don't hesitate to reach out.

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