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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 exercises posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy 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 snow...

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Transforming Your Limiting Beliefs limiting beliefs the fear cure 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 courage heal yourself lissa rankin mind over medicine self healing the fear cure the pain free athlete Oct 27, 2015
Fear is a risk factor for disease and pain. 
Fear raises your stress.
Stress reduces your ability to heal.

Recall my previous 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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How Vision Affects Posture and Movement brain posture posture alignment posture analysis vision walking walking form Sep 28, 2015


Imagine that when you look upon the world, the ground seems to be sloping away from you. Subconsciously, your brain perceives, through your visual sense, that you are always going downhill. This is an optical distortion. And this is how I see the world.
 

How do you think your body reacts and...

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Manage Stress Through Neutral Posture align alignment measure posture posture alignment posture analysis posture and breathing posture deviations posture therapy the pain free athlete Aug 13, 2015

Take a look at the photo above. The person has taken a posture of stress and pain. The body is in an extended position. They have overly-arched their lower back. Also, they have pulled their shoulders so far back that they are behind the hips. Finally, their diaphragm is overly stretched,...

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Foot Orthotics and Joint Pain foot injury foot pain foot rehab postural restoration institute posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy pri Jul 29, 2015

Should I be wearing foot orthotics?
Will they help my joint pain?

You may have asked yourself these questions. And to be honest, I did. After my third knee surgery, I pursued orthotics with my orthopedic surgeon. Although he didn’t seem convinced they would help, he did write me a...

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Human Being vs Human Doing breath meditation breathe well mindful mindfulness mindfulness meditation wellness Jun 22, 2015

 

ToDoList

Many of us judge the success of our day by how much we accomplished: “How many things did I check off my to do list today?” This is because our society places great value on busyness. Since we have these ingrained beliefs, you might feel guilty or lazy when you...

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Take Care of Yourself: Think MOVE! endurance exercise exercise exercises heal yourself self healing self-discipline therapy exercises May 18, 2015

Guest Blog by freelance writer-editor and Friend of The Pain Free Athlete, Denise Sessions.

When I heard that prolonged sitting, such as at my desk job, put me at risk for certain diseases, I was surprised. I thought I was doing what I needed to do. I worked out every day, not only to maintain...

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Why Kegel Exercises Don't Work anterior pelvic tilt brething exercise exercises pelvis posture posture alignment posture and breathing posture therapy Apr 20, 2015

Has someone told you to do Kegels? They're supposed to fix many issues, right? Actually, more and more people are telling both women and men to do Kegel exercises in order to strengthen their pelvic floor (pelvic diaphragm) musculature. But does it really work?

For many years, people have been...

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Many Athletes are Dysfunctional! athletic injury back pain balance egoscue egoscue method pain free athlete shoulder pain Mar 18, 2015

Did you see it? Professional golfer Tiger Woods pulled out of the first round of the Farmers Open last month due to back pain. Why? Because of a lack of glute activation. In an interview, he actually acknowledged it.

“My glutes are shutting off and they they don’t activate and then...

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Hamstring Pain with Running, Hiking and XC Skiing anterior pelvic tilt anterior pelvis pelvis posture posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy Feb 23, 2015

 

What movements do running, hiking and classic cross-country skiing have in common?

Very simply, the legs move from in front of the body to behind the body in the sagittal plane. The sagittal plane divides the body into left and right sides. You can see this in the image of the dancer to...

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