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Back Pain, Habits, Health, Pictures of Exercises, Pregnancy, Spinal Health, Standing

“Stand Up Straight!”

Have you ever been told to “stand up straight!”?  This phrase has children everywhere grumbling as a well meaning adult lectures on the importance of good posture.  In my opinion, it's one of the most  relevant examples of the difference between posture and alignment.   The phrase has permeated the culture with its vague (subjective) recommendation for… Continue reading “Stand Up Straight!”

Back Pain, Habits, Health, Hip/Leg Pain, Pictures of Exercises, Pregnancy, Standing

“Alignment, Is That Like Posture?”

Happy New Year! I thought I'd start off 2014 by addressing one of the questions I was most commonly asked last year: “Alignment, is that like posture?”.   When I tell people that I teach alignment, what usually comes next is something like  "Alignment, is that like posture?" or “Oh, I need that, I have terrible… Continue reading “Alignment, Is That Like Posture?”

Health

Got 20 min? Improve Your Health Right Now!

Katy Bowman, creator of Restorative Exercise™ and director of the Restorative Exercise Institute, recently put out a series of short online classes called "Alignment Snacks". Here are my top 5 reasons why you should give them a try! You get an exercise class and alignment lesson directly from Katy. They are only $5.00 each! 20-30 minutes… Continue reading Got 20 min? Improve Your Health Right Now!

Back Pain, Habits, Health, Hip/Leg Pain, Sitting, Standing

More Exercise Isn’t The Answer

WHAT?! I know, I know. Hear me out. You may have seen this article in Buinessweek that came out a few years ago titled Your Office Chair is Killing You. It focuses mainly on the way that sitting negatively affects the alignment of your spine, encouraging a "C" shape instead of the natural "S" curve, which… Continue reading More Exercise Isn’t The Answer

Hip/Leg Pain, Pictures of Exercises

Attention Sciatica Sufferers!

I've had many friends, family members and clients complain of sciatica lately, so I wanted to write a post for them. I wanted to start out by showing you the anatomy of the piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve. You can see how a tight piriformis would agrivate the sciatic nerve.  It's relatively rare, but in some people, the nerve… Continue reading Attention Sciatica Sufferers!

Balance, Habits, Knee Pain, Standing

Paddle Boarding Part 2: Take a Stand for Your Knees!

In Paddle Boarding Part 1 we looked at my sister's default position when on an unstable surface.  Another common response when on an stable surface is to lower our center of mass (in the pelvis) to feel more steady. Your center of mass is closer to the ground when you are kneeling, making it easier… Continue reading Paddle Boarding Part 2: Take a Stand for Your Knees!

Balance, Habits

Paddle Boarding Part 1: What’s Your Default?

We're in Grand Lake, CO, aka paradise, this week spending time with family and friends before the big move. We rented stand up paddle boards this morning and all gave it shot. Of course, like everything, this turned into an alignment education opportunity. When you get on an unstable surface, what is your default position?… Continue reading Paddle Boarding Part 1: What’s Your Default?

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Specificity of Training (or, Why I Stink at Riding a Bike)

Holy Moly, it's been a crazy couple months. The blog writing "hiatus" started mid April when Matt was in the last month of school- writing a 20 page paper, applying to grad school, writing another paper, studying for finals, and living in the library. I thought I'd take a month off since we have one… Continue reading Specificity of Training (or, Why I Stink at Riding a Bike)