Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Secret to Shoulder Pain

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat! I hope you’re week is going well. As I said earlier this week, I’m on break this week from work and the city and am spending time relaxxxxiiiinnnnng. It’s amazing. One thing that I’ve noticed this week not working is how much better my back feels. For years I’ve had what I call “chronic shoulder stress syndrome.” This is 100% self-diagnosed and something that I’ve always attributed to having larger than normal breasts. I’ve seen chiropractics and doctors and they’ve all said that the reason my shoulders are so tight is because of they way I slouch at my computer. ** Currently straightening my back to the sound of cracks and one “oof” ** This is probably true but other than randomly reminding myself to sit up straight nothing much helps ease the pain.

But eureka! Last week I heard great news from a massage therapist that I went to see (thanks mom!). As soon as I walked into the room she told me that the reason my shoulders were so tight wasn’t because I slouch (although that obviously doesn’t help) it was because the muscles in my chest are scrunched so tight. She said instead of working on my shoulders I need to work on opening up my chest and that that will then trickle all the way down to my lower back. Ever since then I’ve been trying a few different stretches and MAN MY SHOULDERS ARE LOOSENING UP.

I thought maybe this might help some of you others out there so here is what I’ve been doing,

  • Massaging my jaw. This sounds really weird but whatever. I’ve been just rubbing my jaw lightly every night or so and what it’s been doing is opening up my neck and then, the secret to all, my chest.
  • Arching my back. Um, I do this all the time. And every time I do this huge CRACK comes out of my chest. Hopefully a good crack.
  • Arm stretches. This one has been a game changer. Every time I’m in the shower and my body is all warm from the water I place my hand on the side of the shower wall with my fingers pointed behind me. Then I straighten out my arm and gently stretch out my chest as much as I can. My arms are super tight but I can feel my chest getting looser and looser every time.

So, hopefully this will help. Obviously I am not a doctor and if you’re really having shoulder pain/problems go see your doc and get some serious medical advice. But, if you’re just wanting to help your posture try these! And please pass on other suggestions. The holiday season is coming and I can feel my stress level rising with each passing day.

Photo by Allan Grant, 1947.

Summer Week

Hannah Hart Beat Summer week

Oh Hart Beat, it’s my least favorite time of year!! The end of summer is here in all it’s sun setting early and tomato busting glory. Even though it makes me so sad I think this week will actually be okay because it is Summer Week for Food52. Every year the Food52 office closes down for the week before Labor Day to give all of us a good rest before holiday season descends. So what does that mean for me and my life? I’m going to try to take a whole week to RELAX.

I’m going to the Cape for a week with family and I’m so excited to take a break from work, from the city and spend some time getting my mind ready for the Fall and stress of the holidays at work. This past month has been hard (I’ll tell you about it soon I promise) but this week is going to be all about rest. In fact, right now I’m sitting on my mom’s couch eating cookies and watching The Princess Bride. It’s pretty much heaven on Earth. So Hart Beat, expect some posts coming from me this week as I wrap my head around this whole relaxation thing. I miss you! I have so much to share! Talk to you soon.

Photo via Instagram.

The King

My King, Mon roi

The King trailer

I’m not sure what it is but there’s something about summer that makes me think about French films. It might be because growing up in the Berkshires the local movie theater always carried the newest French movie. Over the years I’ve written about other movies that I loved (check out the list below for other recommendations!) but tonight I want to share a new trailer for My King (or Mon Roi en français) that premiers tomorrow in NYC. I haven’t seen the movie (yet!) but this trailer got me so good. According to a Brooklyn Magazine article the movie is tragic (of course it’s French) and romantic (again, duh) which is great because those are two of my favorite things.

Right!?!? I want to see it so badly and I don’t even really know what it’s about other than a tragic love story. The movie comes out tomorrow at Lincoln Center in the city.. Can’t wait for it to come closer to mr in Brooklyn.

Other French movies I’ve loved over the years: Blue is the Warmest Color, Tell No One, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Elles, and one other about a French vineyard and an escaped convict that I can’t for the life of me remember but if you know what I’m talking about please put it in the comments -___-

An August Playlist for you

Pink Ladies

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your August going so far? I feel like mine’s off to a good start. we’ve already had a full moon, it’s been as hot as I want it to be in the city, and I’ve already had so many great summer nights. Fingers crossed things keep up. One thing I’ve been working on this week is pulling together an ENTIRE August playlist just for you readers. I think I’m going to start doing this monthly (please hold me to it) and I’m pretty proud of this first one. It has a mix of music, some old and some new, but mostly the entire thing plays like you could be playing it in your car driving to the beach or having a glass of rosé with your crush out on the fire escape. Or, dare I say, even if you’re out singing along to Grease (as one is want to do). Anyway, subscribe on Spotify or listen to it here. Either way you need Spotify and if you don’t have it I can’t think of a better reason to sign up.