This statement comes as we stand in the middle of a health food store and I am considering the merit of buying a Spoonk. My purse is bulging with the tin of tennis balls I have also just purchased, at the advice of the massage therapist who treated me a couple days ago.
I am slightly desperate. Muscle pain in my upper back is begging for attention. My punishment for years of hunching and far too much time spent sitting at my laptop lately.
A woman from Denmark, who just happens to be in the store, passes by and tells me they are popular there and she has been using it for years with great success. I can't get in line fast enough to buy my new treasure.
Back home again, I don my apron and soon chicken and sausage cacciatore, studded with sundried olives and artichokes, is simmering. Then I place tennis balls between my back and the wall and slowly roll from side to side...little moans accompany each move. I decide that this may be the best $4.99 I have spent in a long time. Such an inexpensive and effective way to massage that spot in between my shoulder blade and spine that I simply cannot reach any other way. Mon chat is also very pleased as she takes one of the balls off to play with. Next, I roll out my "spoonk" accupressure mat and ease myself on to it. A few seconds of "what was I thinking this really hurts", then a few moments later the pleasant feeling of increased circulation, and in five minutes a gentle warmth.
Will it live up to it's promises of relieving muscle tension, providing pain relief, decreasing stress, and improving sleep. Please let it be true. Then I roll it up and place it next to the 40 inch rebounder that was delivered this morning. Yes, we are not skimping on our health.
I am reminding myself to sit up straight as I type this. Just as I will when we sit down with a robust bottle of red wine and a big bowl of cacciatore. However, you may feel free to sit any way you choose when you enjoy yours.
2 chicken breasts (cut in half crosswise or four thighs - whatever you prefer(skinless...boneless too if you like...but the bones do add flavor)
2 hot italian sausages (remove casing and cut into bite size pieces)
28 ounces or so, of Italian tomatoes, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped (choose a color you like)
1 carrot, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 or more garlic cloves, finely chopped
a good splash of red wine
1 jar of artichokes, halved or quartered
3 good spoons of capers
20 or more pitted sundried black olives
a few oregano leaves or one teaspoon dried
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Oh...and if you happen to have the rind from a wedge of parmesan...put it in too...I save them up for just this sort of thing.
handful of fresh basil
handful of fresh italian parsley
All good things, k