We are flying back to California for Christmas today. If your trip is like ours, you drive about an hour to the airport, sit on the plane for another couple hours (in our case about 4 ½), then ride in a car another hour or (or 3 depending on Los Angeles traffic) to your destination.… Continue reading Make Fists With Your Toes
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?
Minimal or barefoot shoes have become increasingly popular in the last few years because of their health benefits. Vibram claims their shoes will strengthen muscles in the feet and lower legs, improve range of motion, stimulate neural function, eliminate heel lift to align the spine, and allow the body to move naturally. Under the right conditions, minimal shoes… Continue reading 5 Steps to Safely Transition to Minimal Shoes
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
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!
So this is happening.... Which means I'm spending A LOT of time sitting in the car. You all know how I feel about sitting. You know when you've been in the car a long time and your butt or legs start to go numb? If you've never experienced this, trust me, it's the worst. Pain,… Continue reading Road Trip Relief
Right off the bat let me say that I can't take credit for this title. It's been all over the news, which makes me exceedingly happy for two reasons: it's a fantastic headline, and it's becoming mainstream (not just for the health nerds anymore!). I had to steal the title because, the truth is, sitting… Continue reading Sitting is the New Smoking