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
My Change of Attitude About Walking I’ve always appreciated walks in nature, but it’s only since having a dog that I’ve really embraced walking. Before, other than occasional hikes in nature, I rarely walked. It just didn’t seem like an interesting activity in itself. And if I needed to go … Read more about One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Health: Walking
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
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
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
We breathe about 20,000 times each day. But whether it’s allergies, stress, pain or just habit, most of us don’t breathe fully or easily. The "Correct" Way to Breathe—There Isn't One! Feldenkrais® is unique among modalities in that it doesn’t prescribe a “correct” way to breathe. Instead, … Read more about Let Your Nervous System Breathe You
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?