"My husband/boyfriend/dad needs this stuff!", I hear it all the time! So, in response, I'm teaching an Alignment for Guys workshop February 28th (details below). I work primarily with woman, but corrective exercises, alignment principles, and natural movement apply to men too. Other than our reproductive organs, men and women have the same basic anatomy & physiology.… Continue reading This One’s for the Guys
We recently moved to Nashville, and although this move was considerably easier than our last one, it still takes a toll. For most people moving and back pain go together. We've all been there: I think I can move that couch by myself....this box isn't THAT heavy....I don't need help.... Usually what follows next is a back… Continue reading How I Made it Through a Move Without Back Pain
1.) Constantly pulling your shoulders back (shoulder blades together) will make it worse. I know that this position is taught as “good posture”, but it is not good alignment. (Read about the difference between posture and alignment.) The rhomboids are muscles on your upper back that connect the spine and the scapula (shoulder blades). When you have the… Continue reading 3 Things You Need to Know About Your Shoulder Tension
I'm always telling my clients about the health benefits of sitting less, and the question that usually follows is something like this: "...but what about when I DO sit? What's the best way?" I know that you aren't going to spend the ENTIRE day standing and walking (and I would not advise that you do so). At… Continue reading . . .but what about when I DO sit?
When my husband was working on his undergraduate degree in history, he had an assignment to write about the 1940's using the school’s archives of McCall’s magazine. He wrote about how the ads exploited the emotions of war wives and the homecoming of soldiers in order to sell things like silverware and soap. … Continue reading Good Posture, Brought to you by McCall’s Magazine
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!”
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?”
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
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!
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?