Yoga and Abdominal Adhesions

*all photos are still shots from Self-Care for Abdominal Adhesions Did you know that yoga can really help with abdominal adhesions?  Yes, indeedy. Apart from the fact that a quality yoga class will ask the use of your spine in every possible direction (even if you have restrictions) in addition to strengthening your core muscles … Continue reading …

Cool! (Tina Gilbertson rocks.)

I just “guest blogged” for Tina Gilbertson!  So much fun.  http://tinagilbertson.wordpress.com/ I highly recommend subscribing to her blog – her writing on emotions is par none! Tina’s work is a great place to start to understand how to work with your emotions, especially if you are struggling with the emotional component of an injury. Update: … Continue reading …

Defining Injury

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we define injury. Most often my clients discuss and want treatment for injury only during the pain stage. Very rarely do they consider injury to be a decrease in their range of motion, a shortened stride, a weird though painless sensation in a hand or leg or … Continue reading …

Thinking . . .

Now that my stretching classes are up and running, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what makes an effective stretching experience. My conclusion is that Time and Deliberateness (if that is a word) are the lynch-pins of good stretching. Stretching is as much a mental exercise as it is physical. It’s as much about waiting … Continue reading …

Stretching

Five things you may not know: 1. Holding a stretch is not the only effective way of lengthening a muscle (sometimes it won’t really lengthen a muscle in any meaningful way). 2. It is possible to be just as sore after stretching as after exercising! 3. Yoga and stretching are not necessarily equivalent. 4. Increased … Continue reading …

Power Stretching

Huh? Yeah, I know, it doesn’t really make sense. . . or does it? Consider this: when you sit down to stretch your hamstrings and wait at least 20 seconds, the stretch usually lengthens, or at least becomes more ease-full. But what do you do when no amount of waiting or even pushing into the … Continue reading …

Stretching

I know that stretching is a bit of a question mark to a lot of people. It seems so simple, and yet it is filled with mystery! Which, of course, makes it exciting, but also frustrating. I get a lot of questions like, “Why is it that no matter how often I stretch, I’m not … Continue reading …