Less is More

Is Less Really More?

By Brandee Selck | September 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Culture of More is Better “Less is more” is a saying most of us don’t really believe. Why would we when American culture is all about more—having more, doing more, being more! In the U.S., hard work garners great respect and struggle is praised. We’ve been conditioned by parents, teachers, coaches and the media… Read more about Is Less Really More?

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A Jaw-Dropping Experiment to Free your Jaw

By Brandee Selck | August 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Your Jaw Has Wide-Ranging Influence on Your Comfort Several years ago I developed a terrible earache. I’d gone swimming a few days before, so I assumed I had gotten an ear infection. So I was taken aback when the doctor told me there was no infection; my ear pain was coming from my jaw. How… Read more about A Jaw-Dropping Experiment to Free your Jaw

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Why Pulling Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps Doesn’t Work

By Brandee Selck | July 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Introduction As we enter month five of “the new normal” of COVID-19, so many people are experiencing practical and emotional hardships, or simply feel frustrated and stuck. At the same time, there are folks who are—or at least appear to be—doing well from the posts on Instagram and Facebook showing off examples of their productivity,… Read more about Why Pulling Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps Doesn’t Work

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5 Myths Busted to Let Your Shoulders Hang Naturally

By Brandee Selck | June 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Shoulders Down! Almost everyone’s had a parent or teacher tell you to “sit/stand up straight” or “pull your shoulders down/back”. Rounded shoulders and slouching are typically viewed as a postural transgression. If you’re like most people, this may have led you to feel self-conscious about the normal position of your shoulders or feel badly if… Read more about 5 Myths Busted to Let Your Shoulders Hang Naturally

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The Downside of Awareness Nobody Tells You About

By Brandee Selck | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Awareness Has Many Benefits… Awareness is a word you hear a lot these days. Also commonly called mindfulness, it’s a quality of paying attention to yourself (your sensations, thoughts, reactions, etc.) and your surroundings in the present moment. This kind of awareness has numerous scientifically proven benefits, including lowering stress, reducing pain, lowering blood pressure,… Read more about The Downside of Awareness Nobody Tells You About

Soak in the Good

Soak in the Good to Better Your Brain and Body

By Brandee Selck | April 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

In these strange and often stressful times, I’d like to share a simple exercise that can significantly boost your well being. “Take in the Good” is a practice created by Dr. Rick Hanson, a psychologist and Buddhist teacher, as a way to counteractive the negativity bias of our brain. Our Brain’s “Negativity Bias” Biologically, survival… Read more about Soak in the Good to Better Your Brain and Body

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How to Increase Your Flexibility Without Stretching

By Brandee Selck | January 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Flexibility Wisdom of Dogs and Cats Have you ever seen a dog or cat (or any other animal) stretch a particular muscle like we humans do? Occasionally they might stretch one limb, but generally they do full-body stretches. What can we learn from this? We’ve been told stretching is the way to increase flexibility,… Read more about How to Increase Your Flexibility Without Stretching

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Are You Greater than the Sum of Your Parts?

By Brandee Selck | December 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Parts” Thinking is Entrenched in Our Culture People frequently ask me questions like, “When is your next ‘neck’ class?” or “Do you ever teach a class for knee pain?” We’re accustomed to thinking of ourselves like a car, made up of various parts. We commonly say things like, “My ‘back’ went out” or “My ‘knee’… Read more about Are You Greater than the Sum of Your Parts?

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Never Hate Your Beautiful New Shoes Again

By Brandee Selck | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

I Like My Shoes to Be Comfortable and Stylish I have a pair of everyday shoes that need to be replaced. Like many contemporary shoes (even athletic ones) the heel of my old pair is a almost an inch higher than the front. Despite this I’ve found these shoes to be quite comfortable, that is,… Read more about Never Hate Your Beautiful New Shoes Again

How to Change

The Best Way to Change a Habit

By Brandee Selck | September 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

(Part 2 of Are Your Ideas of What’s Right Leading You Astray?) The Desire to Fix Ourselves Runs Deep How many years have you spent intentionally trying to correct something about your posture or how you move? In the last post, I talked about our ideas about how our posture (or strength, flexibility, gait, etc.)… Read more about The Best Way to Change a Habit