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
Happy New Year! I hope you find yourself healthier and more active than your were at the start of 2014. The beginning of a new year always lends itself to reflection and making resolutions. This year, I invite you to take inventory of your health in 2014. Write down your triumphs, to-dos, proud moments, "I… Continue reading Happy New Year!
Today I'm going to review Katy Bowman's three books to help you sort out which one you might like to read or give as a gift. They all deal with the same basic principles (alignment) but in different ways. This should help point you to the one you want based on what type of read you are… Continue reading Book Reviews
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
Pregnancy is another place we see the difference between posture and alignment. You all know the common pregnancy posture: pelvis and belly pushed forward with hands resting on the low back. It's normal to see this all around us, but it's not good alignment. Ideally, you would stand the same whether you are pregnant or… Continue reading How to Stand when you are Pregnant
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!”
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!