1. What is Diastasis Recti, and how do I know if I have it? Diastasis Recti is when the two halves of your Rectus Abdominis (6-pack muscle) separate beyond the natural amount. It is natural to have a small space between the two halves. (Most experts consider a gap of 1 finger width or less… Continue reading Diastasis Recti FAQ’s
Category: Pictures of Exercises
How I Made it Through a Move Without Back Pain
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
Movement Breaks for the Office (part 2)
Here is another series that can easily be done at work with no equipment. These exercises are all meant to reduce the upper body tension that comes with computer/office work. Alternate this upper body series with the lower body exercises from Part 1 to hit the whole body! 1) Head Ramping: Instead of the "forward head" position that creates compression of the… Continue reading Movement Breaks for the Office (part 2)
Movement Breaks for the Office (part 1)
By now you've heard about the benefits of sitting less a time or two. Maybe you've created a standing desk or experimented with sitting on the floor in a variety of positions. Changing you position throughout the day (rather than sitting in one position ALL day) has improved your health in countless ways. Well done! Here is series to help relieve the lower body… Continue reading Movement Breaks for the Office (part 1)
10 Minutes to Tension & Pain Free Shoulders
You are going to love this! These are some of my favorite exercises for relieving shoulder and upper back tension that accumulates during the day. We do so many things with our arms: computer work, driving, studying, carrying babies, breastfeeding, yard work.... add misalignment, old injuries, weak muscles and stress to the mix and you have… Continue reading 10 Minutes to Tension & Pain Free Shoulders
3 Things You Need to Know About Your Shoulder Tension
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
Make Fists With Your Toes
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
Stay Healthy This Cold & Flu Season, Move Your Lymph.
It's that time of year when everyone is getting colds, flus, chest infections.... You know all the regular recommendations: wash your hands, take Vitamin C, get plenty of rest, take On Guard (I think I'm a little behind the trend on this one-- I JUST discovered how amazing this essential oil blend is. Seriously, it changed… Continue reading Stay Healthy This Cold & Flu Season, Move Your Lymph.
. . .but what about when I DO sit?
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?
5 Steps to Safely Transition to Minimal Shoes
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