When Trying to Make Sense of a Problem Doesn’t Make Sense

What's Causing My Pain? We have a deep need for things to make sense. Knowing what happens and why gives us a feeling of some control and order in the chaos of life. Research shows that humans are wired for pattern seeking and storytelling. “Everything in our brain is looking for the … Read more about When Trying to Make Sense of a Problem Doesn’t Make Sense

The #1 Mistake People with Knee Pain Make that Hinders Recovery

The Typical Response to Pain I’m always surprised how many students aren’t able to be on their hands and knees, even for a short time, due to knee pain or injury. I guess it’s not so astonishing—the knee is one of the most complicated and the most commonly injured joint in the body. Our … Read more about The #1 Mistake People with Knee Pain Make that Hinders Recovery

Reducing Effort for More Ease at Your Computer

(This is Part 6 of the Repetitive Strain Series) In the last two posts (here and here), I talked about postural habits that contribute to repetitive strain injury (RSI). Now let’s look at another behavioral habit that puts you at risk for RSI: excess effort. Almost everyone uses more muscular … Read more about Reducing Effort for More Ease at Your Computer

Improve Your Hand “Posture” for More Ease at the Computer

(This is Part 5 of the Repetitive Strain Series) In the last post I talked about a key behavioral habit that contributes to repetitive strain injury (RSI): poor posture. I walked you through finding skeletal support using the four points of your feet and sit bones so that sitting is easier and … Read more about Improve Your Hand “Posture” for More Ease at the Computer

4 Simple Points to Sit Comfortably

(This is Part 4 of the Repetitive Strain Series) In the last post, I challenged some common assumptions about good posture. This time I’ll give you practical ways to find greater support when sitting. This support is essential to avoid strain in your hands and arms at the computer, as well as … Read more about 4 Simple Points to Sit Comfortably

Re-Evaluating Good Sitting Posture for Happier Hands and Arms

(This is Part 3 of the Repetitive Strain Series) In the last post, I talked about three habits that make you vulnerable to repetitive strain injuries (RSI). In this post, I’ll delve deeper into posture, the first of these habits. What Is Good Posture? As you experienced when you lifted your … Read more about Re-Evaluating Good Sitting Posture for Happier Hands and Arms

3 Habits that Make You Vulnerable to Repetitive Strain Injury

(This is Part 2 of the Repetitive Strain Series) In Part 1 of this series, I talked about what repetitive strain injury (RSI) is and why you should know about it. In this article, we’ll look at three habits that contribute to RSI. How Do You Prevent Repetitive Strain Injury? If I asked, “What … Read more about 3 Habits that Make You Vulnerable to Repetitive Strain Injury

What You Need to Know About Repetitive Strain and How to Prevent It

Repetitive Strain Injury Series — Part 1 If you spend time on a computer, tablet or smart phone, you’ve likely felt complaints from your neck and shoulders, or discomfort in your hands, wrists or arms. Or maybe you like to cook, knit, garden or do other activities that involve repetitive … Read more about What You Need to Know About Repetitive Strain and How to Prevent It

Free Your Neck with This 5-Minute Miracle

Could You Use a 5-Minute Miracle? Several years ago, I substitute taught an aerobics class. During the class I incorporated a short bit of Feldenkrais®. One woman, let’s call her Ellen, experienced such incredible improvement in her ability to turn that she began attending my weekly Awareness … Read more about Free Your Neck with This 5-Minute Miracle

Is Less Really More?

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, … Read more about Is Less Really More?

A Jaw-Dropping Experiment to Free your Jaw

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

5 Myths Busted to Let Your Shoulders Hang Naturally

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 … Read more about 5 Myths Busted to Let Your Shoulders Hang Naturally