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

 

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 are idle....

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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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Stress Prevents Self-Healing heal yourself lissa rankin mind over medicine nervous system relaxation response self healing stress response the pain free athlete Jan 08, 2015

Within your body, you have a powerful source of self-healing. To illustrate, think of the many bruises, cuts and blisters you’ve had that your body has repaired. Additionally, think about the colds, injuries and infections that you’ve overcome. This self-repairing biological system...

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3 Ab Exercises You Should Be Doing! abs breathing and posture core exercises posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy Dec 22, 2014

In my last blog, The Secret Role of Your Abs, I disclosed the vital role your abdominal muscles play in breath and deep core alignment. There, I explained how this part of your body provides the base of your posture. Additionally, I emphasized that if the ribs and pelvis are not stacked,...

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The Secret Role of Your Abs abs alignment breathe well breathing and posture breathing exercises dysfunctional breathing posture alignment rib cage Dec 15, 2014

Have you ever wondered what your abdominal muscles actually do?  Most of us are concerned with the look and strength of our abs. But what is their purpose? If you read anatomy books, most list actions such as flexing the lumbar spine to bring the chest towards the pelvis, performing side...

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Activate Your Glutes with Bridge Exercise Variations bridge exercise glute activation glutes hamstrings Nov 24, 2014

My last blog, Why do glutes shut off?, outlined the three main reasons your butt muscles stop working - pain, position and lack of use. In this blog I am going to provide more information about this powerful muscle group and demonstrate isolating exercises to facilitate their activation....

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Why do glutes shut off? glute activation glute amnesia hip flexors the pain free athlete Nov 04, 2014

Have you ever been told your glutes don’t work? I have! When I started my posture therapy program, I couldn’t activate my left glutes at all. It’s like they had amnesia, which they did. In other words, my muscles had forgotten how to work. To illustrate, Dr. Stuart McGill often...

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Tame Your Hip Flexors with the Egoscue Tower Oct 20, 2014

Hip Flexors

Your hip flexors are vitally important to aligned posture and efficient movement. Your two primary hip flexors are the Psoas and Iliacus muscles. As you can see in this Wikipedia illustration to the right, the Psoas muscle attaches to the spine, then passes in front of the pelvis and...

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Why You Need Body Awareness body awareness body scan mind-body pain free athlete pain free body Oct 07, 2014

Body awareness is the first step towards a pain free body.

One of the initial things a client often experiences while working with me is enhanced postural awareness. Prior to our session, they rarely thought about how they held their body. After our time together, my clients become aware of how...

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