Three Ways to Reduce Pain When You Fly on Business Trips

airplaneYou may not exactly be flying this week on a business trip but when we recently met Lara Ann Riggio, owner of The Lara Touch Wellness Studio here in New York City, business trips immediately came to mind.

And with January nipping at our heels, chances are pretty soon we’ll be in full swing with work again. This, of course, may include business trips that entail being in the air during the dreaded cold and flu season.

1. Prevent lower back pain. Riggio says, “When we sit for long periods of time, our glutes get inhibited or sluggish.” When our glutes aren’t working so well, she says our lower back muscles take over. “Since they are doing their normal jobs plus taking on what the glutes are not doing, they can get tight from overuse.”

Her tip? Tighten your glute muscles 10 times for six seconds as you stand in the aisle and while you’re standing in line to disembark.

2. Boost your immune system. You’re not a fan of breathing in recycled air for hours and hours? No worries there, neither are we.

Riggio recommends a tapping exercise to boost your energy and immune system. Tapping in three specific spots stimulates better functioning of the kidney, spleen and liver meridians and the thymus in the Chinese system, she says. (For a visual, please refer to this video.)

3. Decrease headaches and clear your head. “When we fly, we experience atmospheric and barometric pressure changes. These changes have a tendency to unground us causing symptoms like headaches and brain fog.”

Riggio suggests stomping your feet for five seconds upon arrival in the airport to reground yourself. She also recommends doing the following exercise to connect the central and governing meridians in the Chinese system which should calm down the nervous system.

“Then place the middle finger of one hand in between your eyebrows and the middle finger of the other hand in your belly button and pull up gently on both points till you feel the urge to take a breath.”