Pain: Tips for Minimizing Discomfort without Drugs

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When you first start working out or are coming back from an hiatus due to injury or illness, any and every move you make can hurt. Sometimes it is hard to tell if the pain you feel is benign or not. You may not have the confidence to distinguish between natural muscle soreness and potential…

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Take your Practice to the Next Level

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Are you interested in taking your movement practice to the next level?  Maybe you want to improve your strength and flexibility. Or you have a more specific goal in mind, like nailing the Pilates teaser or a particular yoga asana. Perhaps you even dream of quitting your current job and becoming a personal trainer. You…

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The ABC’s of Mindful Movement

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Mindful : To be conscious or aware of something Movement: The act of changing physical location or position I believe in “working smarter, not harder”. And for me, mindful movement, the act of bringing conscious awareness to your movement or exercise routine, is the way to get greater results in less time. In contrast to the…

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What do you do when you’re in pain?

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What do you do when you’re in pain? Are you the kind of person that pushes through pain or tries to ignore it? Do you avoid activities which seem to aggravate the uncomfortable sensation in your body or take a few Ibuprofen and keep going? There are actually drawbacks to both approaches: Avoidance When you avoid…

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Is Surgery Unavoidable?

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I was having a conversation with a friend last week and she happened to mention that she was scheduled to have her second rotator cuff surgery in a few days. She had surgery on the other shoulder about ten years ago and said “now it’s time for this one.” What do you think were the…

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Health & Well-Being is in Your Hands

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“Self-care” is a proactive and preventative approach to wellness. From a medical perspective, self-care falls on the opposite end of the spectrum from traditional healthcare as practiced in this country, which is actually disease management or the treatment of acute symptoms. Unfortunately, the modern world is full of toxic substances and encourages a sedentary lifestyle. Add…

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Finding Sanity in the Modern World

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I recently completed the MovNat Level 1 Certification course and it brought a level of sanity back into my life that had been missing for a while. What is MovNat®? MovNat is a comprehensive, holistic & mindful approach to fitness based on the full range of human movement abilities.  MovNat is progressive and safe for everyone.…

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Respect your Body, Especially your Feet

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The more I learn about the intricacies of the human body, the more awe I feel for the intelligence of its design. Whenever you have pain or something “breaks”, I believe it behooves you to understand the proper form and function of your physical self. Only then, is it possible to identify the actual cause of the problem –…

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What it Means to Be a Survivor

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By definition, a survivor is someone who survives. At one extreme, a survivor remains alive after an event in which others have died, such as a natural disaster. At the other end of the spectrum, survivors are individuals who simply overcome mundane difficulties in their lives. Obstacles like landing a job or dealing with the…

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Improve the Quality of your Movement: Breathe!

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Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breathe properly. Our very life depends on it. – Joseph Pilates   Do you take your breath for granted? Since oxygen is vital for life, breathing is an involuntary function wired into the body and governed by the autonomic…

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