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How to Fix Winged Shoulder Blades breath breathing and posture breathing mechanics exercise exercises for shoulder pain pain behind shoulder blade rounded shoulders shoulder pain shoulder pain with inhale shoulder tension shoulder tightness strength breathing muscles Nov 23, 2016

So, what are winged shoulder blades?
If you look at the image above, you'll see a young boy with winged shoulder blades (scapulae). While looking at the image, notice the pen marks on the inner edge of the scapulae where these bones are sticking out from his back. There, you'll notice that there...

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9 Reasons to Support Local Athletic Events cycling endurance exercise events exercise exercise afterburn interval training self self-discipline strength training Oct 27, 2016

Earlier this month my husband and I rode the Moab Century, a 100-mile bike tour, on our tandem. During our ride, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery, well-stocked aid stations, and camaraderie of being out on the roads with several other cyclists from around the country. Even though it's an "event,"...

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Don't Fear Foot Pronation exercises feet feet pronation feet supination posture alignment posture therapy pri standing posture walking walking form 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.

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Osteoarthritis is a Symptom of Postural Misalignments heal yourself healing chronic pain hip degeneration hip osteoarthritis hip pain hip rehabilitation hips osteoarthritis self healing 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 measure posture positive psychology posture posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy standing posture working posture 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 with our...

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Age is Not To Blame for Your Sports Injuries alignment chronic pain freedom from pain pain free athlete pain management pain relief pain treatment posture alignment posture analysis posture deviations sports sports injury the pain free athlete track posture 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? character strengths heal yourself pain free athlete racing self self-compassion self-discipline the pain free athlete 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? heal yourself healing chronic pain health health goals self healing 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 exercises for shoulder pain posture posture alignment posture analysis posture and breathing posture deviations posture therapy rib cage rounded shoulders shoulder pain shoulder tightness standing 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 heal heal yourself health self healing self-compassion self-discipline 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 breath breath meditation breathe well breathing and posture breathing exercises breathing mechanics diaphragm dysfunctional breathing muscles of breathing rib cage strength breathing muscles 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 alignment backcountry skiing classic skiing cross-country skiing downhill skilling exercises nordic skiing posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy skate skiing skiing snow sports snowboarding telemark skiing the pain free athlete xc skiing 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 snow...

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