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

How to Increase Your Flexibility Without Stretching

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 … Read more about How to Increase Your Flexibility Without Stretching

Never Hate Your Beautiful New Shoes Again

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, until … Read more about Never Hate Your Beautiful New Shoes Again

A Little Can Help A Lot with Back Pain

Are You Bracing Against Pain? When we have pain, we tend to hold and protect the area that hurts. Initially this may be helpful, but over time, holding parts of yourself still creates more problems. When parts of ourselves are “on vacation” instead of participating in our actions, other places have … Read more about A Little Can Help A Lot with Back Pain

1 Thing You Can Do to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension at the Computer

The Foot Bone’s Connected to the Shoulder Bone Many people come to me for help with neck and shoulder tension and pain after spending long hours at a computer. That’s not surprising. What is surprising is that recently, several of these folks had one thing in common—they don’t put their feet … Read more about 1 Thing You Can Do to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension at the Computer

Dare to Sit on the Edge: How Giving Up the Chair’s Back May Improve Yours

Sit Up Straight! One of the most consistent complaints I hear from students is that their neck, shoulders or back hurt from sitting. Many then say, “It’s my bad posture. I need to stop hunching and sit up straight.” Our cultural idea of sitting “properly” is pulling our shoulders back and … Read more about Dare to Sit on the Edge: How Giving Up the Chair’s Back May Improve Yours

Start Unraveling Your Jaw Tension in Just 3 Minutes

Are You Aware How Much Tension Your Hold in Your Jaw? Raise your dental night guard* if you hold excess tension in your jaw! (* mouth piece worn to help protect one's teeth from grinding when sleeping) Some of us are all too aware we hold tension in our jaws—jaw pain, stiffness, difficulty … Read more about Start Unraveling Your Jaw Tension in Just 3 Minutes

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: How to Stay Comfortable When You Travel

Do You Like to Travel But Get Stiff and Sore from All the Sitting? This week a student asked if I could give her some tips and movements to make her upcoming plane trip more comfortable. Since summer is travel season, I decided to write this post so everyone can benefit from her … Read more about Planes, Trains & Automobiles: How to Stay Comfortable When You Travel

How to Use Your Hands to Unravel Chronic Tension

People often ask me, “How did you get interested in Feldenkrais®?” Like many people, I stumbled upon it when I was looking for a way out of pain. In my previous career as a web designer I developed tendonitis in my elbows and wrists. Tools to Reduce Pain and Tension Trump Quick Fixes While … Read more about How to Use Your Hands to Unravel Chronic Tension

Melt Away Your Stress in an Easy 6 Minutes

Instead of an article, this month I'd like to share a 6-minute audio I recorded to help calm your body and mind. It can be done sitting in a chair or lying on the floor or in bed—whatever's most comfortable for you. So the next time you're feeling stressed, anxious or just want to treat yourself … Read more about Melt Away Your Stress in an Easy 6 Minutes

Are You Straining Your Neck and Shoulders by Doing This?

When was the last time you thought about your ribs? Unless you’ve had an injury or surgery in this area, you probably can’t remember. But what if I told you that lack of movement in your ribs may cause or contribute to your neck, shoulder and/or back pain? This shouldn't necessarily be … Read more about Are You Straining Your Neck and Shoulders by Doing This?