Back Pain, Breast Health, Lymph, Neck & Shoulders, Pictures of Exercises, Spinal Health

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

Habits, Neck & Shoulders, Pictures of Exercises, Spinal Health

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

Culture, Habits, Health

Good Posture, Brought to you by McCall’s Magazine

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

Back Pain, Health, Pregnancy, Standing

How to Stand when you are Pregnant

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

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?”