If you’re interested in improving circulation and have tried everything from heat to massage, it’s likely you could also benefit from stretching both before and after participating in physical exercise.
The increased blood flow to the muscles during circulatory exercises brings nourishment and energy to extremities and eliminates byproducts from the deep muscle tissue. This helps to shift stuck energy and tension within the muscles, increasing flexibility and helping to move energy and nutrients all around the body. Good circulation helps with temperature regulation, nutrient absorption, and an overall sense of balance.
You don’t have to be a yoga master to practice some of these stretches - just give them a go, get your body accustomed to moving in this way, and over time they will help you to improve circulation. Try the following poses:
Downward Facing Dog Legs-up-the-wall Chair Pose Pigeon Pose Lying spinal twist
(All can be found here: https://www.yogajournal.com/poses)
The concentration of energy and blood flow towards specific regions of the body in these poses helps first to draw our attention inwards and then allows the body to benefit from this constricting of energy and the subsequent release of tension from it.
Which one will you try first?
“Perfect health depends on perfect circulation” - Ellen G. White