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Don't Fear Foot Pronation Sep 29, 2016

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines pronation as “rotation of the medial bones in the midtarsal region of the foot inward and downward so that in walking the foot tends to come down on its inner margin.” If you look at the image below, you can see an image of pronation.

Pronation...

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Osteoarthritis is a Symptom of Postural Misalignments Aug 24, 2016

At 38, my doctor diagnose me with severe (grade 4) bone-on-bone left hip osteoarthritis. Since I was too young for a joint replacement, he advised me to reduce my activity level and avoid any movements that hurt. When the pain was excruciating enough, and my activity limited enough, they would...

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Posture, Presence, and Personal Power Jul 21, 2016

“Our bodies change our minds . . . and our minds change our behavior . . . and our behavior changes our outcomes.”

 

This was written on one of the slides in Amy Cuddy’s popular TED Talk, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. Her point is this: how we express ourselves...

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Age is Not To Blame for Your Sports Injuries Jun 09, 2016

Many people blame injuries and pain on their age. However, I'm here to tell you that you don't need to give up sports just because you're growing older. Sports themselves do not cause your injuries, either. Sports are not bad! We are designed to move and play for all of our days. Sadly, the...

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What is Athletic Toughness? May 23, 2016

Is athletic toughness pushing through the pain and possibly compromising your body for future sports participation to compete in a race?

OR

Is athletic toughness having the integrity to listen to your body, make self-respecting choices and think beyond today’s game? 

Depending on when...

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Who's in Charge of Your Health? Apr 19, 2016

My mother's doctor told her that she had six months to live. She followed her doctor’s prediction and died within that time period. A client informed me it would take a year to recover from his plantar fasciitis. He didn’t make any progress until 12 months had passed. My own doctor...

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3 Exercises for Better Upper Body Posture Mar 19, 2016

Are you afraid of having a rounded upper body that makes you look and feel old? 

This seems to be the number one postural concern of my clients and class participants. But let’s not forget that your mid-spine is supposed to curve forward. In the image to the right, notice the...

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Practice Self-Compassion for Better Health Feb 16, 2016

Ah, February. The month of love and hearts. Here in the US, we recently celebrated Valentine’s Day. On this day, we express our affections for others. Of course, this is a wonderful thing to do! But what about giving ourselves love and compassion?

Why does it matter? Well, research has...

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Belly Breathing Isn't What You Think Jan 20, 2016

At one time or another, you’ve probably come across the phrase “belly breathing.” You might have heard a well-meaning yoga teacher, fitness instructor, personal trainer or even me in my posture classes talk about it! People use this phrase to encourage us to initiate our breath...

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5 Alignment Exercises for Snow Sports Dec 21, 2015

It’s that time of year: the hills are white, and the trails are groomed! Time to get out on the snow!

 

I love winter and the sports it brings! Going from dryland training to skiing or boarding day after day, however, can be a hard transition for your body. Like all sports, sliding on...

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Transforming Your Limiting Beliefs Nov 19, 2015

My last blog, Overcome Fear to Reduce Stress and Heal, was all about fear. I discussed how fear underlies much of our stress. I then explained how stress sabotages good health. Also, I remarked on how the fear we experience often stems from false, negative beliefs. We hold these beliefs below our...

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Overcome Fear to Reduce Stress and Heal Oct 27, 2015
Fear is a risk factor for disease and pain. 
Fear raises your stress.
Stress reduces your ability to heal.

Recall my January blog, Stress Prevents Self-Healing, where I reviewed the book Mind Over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin, M.D. In her book, Dr. Rankin details how stress...

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