How To Practice Relax & Lengthen At Home

Let’s Practice Using Zoom to Relax & Lengthen at Home!

First photo on left: I’m not sure who’s showing who how to relax & lengthen more here, Mike or Pancho, one of Ann and Mike’s new cats!

Photo on right: Cynthia’s set-up to do some R & L; here she rolled up a medium sized towel & put elastic bands at the ends for a lumbar roll (back of the waist roll; fans open the discs/supports and encourages a natural curve here, where it is often flattened)
Note that you will only need a non-moveable rug and head pillow in addition to the waist/ lumbar roll for now.
Hi Everyone –

I so hope you are doing well; staying safe, grounded, and connected to loved ones in creative ways, which I think is more important now than ever.

I am very excited to start teaching our classes in your home through zoom, having finally accessed it through a new email address, and will start with a shorter ‘practice class’ this Thursday at 4pm!

I want you to know that this is relatively new to me as it might be for you, and that little glitches may and probably will happen, but that’s okay – we’re all in this learning curve together!

We’ll start with some ‘test/practice classes’ to work out where the best places are for you to do this, and I’ll give you a short lesson in zoom as we use it.

This will include how to see and greet others in the class at the beginning (opt, if you’d like), and then how to make my image appear larger as we all turn off our own video image and microphone to begin the class.

Try not to be overwhelmed, we’ll go over these things at the beginning of every class, and soon you’ll be in your own zone, relaxing and lengthening!

For those who would like to practice ‘entering a class’ with just the two of us ahead of time- I am more than happy to do so! It’ll probably take 15 minutes, so please don’t hesitate to call, email or text (978-809-0556) me and we can set up a time.

I’ll send out what’s called the ‘Zoom Invitation’ in a class email a day or two before each class, so that it’ll be easy to click on it to join whenever you’re ready to, once I’m there of course. I’ll be there 20 minutes ahead of a class start time for now.

I recommend that you download (add to your computer, pad/tablet or phone) the Zoom App ahead of time; see the yellow button below called ‘Zoom App to Download’ which you can press to do so. You’ll then see 2 boxes, one for apple/mac and the other for everyone else; it’s called google play.

(By the way, you can skip this and opt to be prompted to download it once you click on my class ‘Zoom Invitation’ right before class if you’d prefer.)

I have also learned that Zoom works best with the internet browser called Google Chrome, so you may want to download that as well, by searching for it in your app store.

The button below that one that says; ‘Click here…’ is the one to press when you’re ready to enter the Thurs 4pm class.

For security reasons, when you click to enter the class, you’ll be in the Waiting Room. This is added security from Zoom. I will invite you in within 1 minute.

I will always be at class 10-15 minutes early, and for the first few will be there 20 minutes early. If it’s your first time using zoom or you simply enjoy seeing and greeting one another, come early. If you prefer to be in a quieter space, just turn your volume down (the normal way you do on your computer or devise) and start your breathing and centering.

It has occurred to me that since most of our schedules have changed, you may want to attend class at a different time of day; so please let me know, I’m open to suggestion!

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Creating Different Angles of Stretch

Once again, we will experiment with different angles of stretch in these full-body lengthening positions to see what feels useful for our body today. This time, instead of bringing our arm right up by our ear in the ‘oar-lock position’, we’ll start with it lower, and gradually move it both up and out to create different lines of stretch through our back and shoulder from the sidelying position.

I hope you are doing well!
We will start with a few loosening movements done standing, do a simple balance and then move to legs up the wall.
We will do variations of the sidelying position…primarily with the arm, and optionally with the leg position.
And we will also do a very gentle body traction face down, letting the pelvis stay weighted on the floor, and use our arms to traction and move the upper body a little further away on the inhales……and then relax and settle on our exhales.
Feel free to come to either or both 4pm classes this week, today and Thursday; I look forward to seeing you to relax & lengthen!
Class equipment you’ll need:
-a wall or stable chair base
-a rug, mat, bed, or sofa
-2-3 bed pillows
-Miracle Balls (optional)
Come as early as 3:50 if you are new to my class or zoom, or if you’d simply like to say hello before we start!
You can also join a little early if you’d like to use your pinky balls for a few minutes or simply relax before we begin.
I will walk everyone through the 3 things you need to do on zoom just before we start the class at 4:00pm, or feel free to do them ahead of time yourself:
pin my image and turn off your own video & microphone


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Internal Journey

Almost all of what happens in Relax & Lengthen is about providing the opportunity to travel inside; …to sense…to feel.. to notice, what you notice inside.

It’s more about being…rather than doing.

We’ll start sitting, so you may want to walk or stand before that, just to vary your position.

If your seat is deep, have 1-2 pillows nearby to insert behind your back so that the weight of your head is not leaning back, but rather ‘stacked’ upon your shoulders and ribcage, requiring very little effort to keep it there.

I’ll provide the opportunity to review ‘Sitting with Ease’, just in case you’d like to review this as you sit down.

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adjective | LISS-um Definition 1
a :
easily flexed

b :
characterized by easy flexibility and grace : lithe

2 :

Lissome (sometimes spelled lissom ) is a gently altered form of its synonym, lithesome . While lissome tends to be the more popular choice these days, the two words have similar pasts. They both appeared in the 18th century, and they both trace back to the much older lithe , which first appeared in English during the 14th century and comes from an Old English word meaning “gentle.”

‘Lissome’ characterizes one of our goals in Relax & Lengthen; and here you can see the gentleness, flexibility and grace exhibited above by Katherine’s cat Maisy!

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Do you have Jaw Pain? TMJ Treatment Series Special!

Do you have Jaw Pain?

Jaw Pain and Headaches are REAL and TREATABLE!!
Margi Green is a

Licensed & Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, and one of the conditions she treats is TMJ (jaw pain)

NOV-DEC 2014 TMJ Treatment Series Special Offering










Things that could be contributing to your Jaw Pain could be Muscle Tension in your Neck, Shoulders, and Face. I treat all of these factors in a typical TMJ Session.

I will also teach you Self Care Techniques that are easy to do at home on a regular basis which prevent further problems.

My suggestion is to get 1 treatment, see how it works for you and then decide on a Series Special I am currently offering.

 First Treatment $75

Series of 4 Treatments at $65 each


“My Jaw Thanks You!!”  ~JP (This client was told he wouldn’t be able to eat solid food for 3 weeks and after 1 treatment and doing self care techniques for 2 days, he was back to normal eating!)

“When Margi works on the jaw muscles that cause me discomfort the release of tension and pain in those areas subside immensely. Her massage techniques feel wonderful as do I after treatment!!!” ~ KE

“Margi has a tremendous knowledge of the human body and how muscles, bones, and joints work together to create harmony within” ~IL

“Since seeing Margi I am aware of places I hold stress and I am  conscious of what I need to do to prevent further injury” ~MS

Please call 978-283-3330 or email me at




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Fall into Fitness for City Employees and their Friends!

Margi would like to offer a FREE FIRST CLASS and a 20% Discount for any City Employee (and Friends) for a series of 6 Classes! Good Thru Oct 12th, 2014

Margi Green has been a Licensed & Certified Massage Therapist for over 25 years here in Gloucester, MA. Seeing the need for her clients and other friends to be able to decrease their own muscular pain, she created her class “Relax and Lengthen”.  The goal is help you learn how to RELAX YOUR MUSCLES, REDUCE YOUR PAIN, and STRETCH SAFELY – Gentle Conscious Solutions.

Margi teaches her classes at 222 Arts & Wellness Center on Eastern Ave near Pond Rd.


Tues: 4pm and 5:45pm

Fri 9:30am

Please let me know in advance if you are interested in a Thurs. 4:30 or 5pm class as I am taking a poll on this now.

Contact me at 978-283-3330 or email me at



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30 Day Balance Challenge

Winter is Coming!

This is the perfect time to start challenging our Balance; very simply and slowly!  

We will begin doing this now in class, and I invite you to join myself and other class members in making this a new daily habit at home – and it will take less than a minute. (I do this while brushing my teeth)! Each week will will add simple techniques to continue improving our balance.

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Miracle Balls are Here!

These are the miracle balls that we use in my classes to help release the hip, thigh, and low back muscles!

Available NOW at Green Life/Common Crow, Main St., Gloucester, MA ask for Donna!



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Who would be interested in a Thurs. Night Class at 222 and my trip to Kripalu

Hello Everyone!

Who would be interested in Thursday a Night Class at 4:30pm or 5pm at 222Wellness in Gloucester, MA. Several people have requested I start a class at that time and I am taking an informal poll of who would be interested in attending. Please email me at:


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So Peaceful at Kripalu…. in Lenox, MA where I recently took the Melt Training


I had a wonderful first visit to Kripalu, taking the ‘ MELT Immersion ‘ course; and I’ll be slowly integrating some similar techniques into our class ! ( She does a lot w/smaller balls for the feet and hands, and some rollers. )

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This is me at the Melt Immersion Training

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Your Body IS Your Home!

Your Body IS Your Home!

“If You Don’t Take Care of Your Body…

Where are You Going to Live?”


Come try a First Class for Free and Experience
how deeply peaceful your body and mind can be!















The 222 Arts and Wellness Center
222 Eastern Ave, Gloucester MA

Relax & Lengthen Yoga™ Classes are a system of self care created by Margi Green CNMT. These classes include gentle, conscious stretching; self massage; postural and ergonomic instruction. Would you like to increase your body awareness and learn to release areas of muscle tension with guided relaxation. Relieve your pain, reduce your stress, and learn to live in your body with greater ease.

Fall Class Hours for -Relax & Lengthen Yoga™ Class Times and Locations

Tuesday 4:00 pm & 5:45 pm
Thursdays & Fridays, 9:30 am
Private In Home Sessions
Private Sessions via Skype
Call 978-283-3330 for information, reservations and appointments

If possible, let me know you are coming and arrive 15 minutes
early for your first FREE Class!

 See You There! Margi


“My Whole Body Feels Different When I Walk Out of Margi’s Class. There is something so Fundamental has changed for me in the way I walk and feel. I am 68 years old and I feel so much better than I did 10 years ago!” – Marsha

“Thank-You for Helping me Loosen Up, You are Very Good at What You Do!” – Scott

“Legs Up the Wall is MY Salvation” – Peter



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