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
The Downward Cycle of “Safety” As the decades pass, we accumulate habits, incur injuries, undergo surgeries and, of course, experience changes from aging. This means as we get older, we tend to be less nimble, experience diminished balance and become more prone to falling. Understandably, we … Read more about A Surprising Approach to Preventing Falls
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?
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
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
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
My students often ask: Where are my hip joints? Are they in front, just below my waist? Or here, at the sides of my pelvis? Do You Know Where Your Hip Joints Are? Take a moment right now and put your fingers where you think they are. Did you place your fingers in front, on the sides or in … Read more about How to Avoid Making the #1 Mistake with Your Back
We've Been Trained to be "Good" Students Historically I was a “good student,” diligently following my teachers’ instructions. In kickboxing classes, when the teacher said go faster and harder, I pushed myself often beyond what felt good or safe for me. In Pilates classes, I mustered my very best … Read more about Dare to Be an Exercise Class Rebel