WHEN DUANE KNUDSON, a professor of kinesiology at California State University, Chico, looks around campus at athletes warming up before practice, he sees one dangerous mistake after another. “They’re stretching, touching their toes. . . . ” He sighs. “It’s discouraging.” If you’re like most of us, you were taught the importance of warm-up [...]
It can't be denied now. Pain is a complex experience and it is more and more evident that stress can add to our pain. Our felt sense of pain is a stressor and there is the external variety dealing with our day-to-day. I rather like this pdf here. Be your own stress buster.
I'd like to add to this article the reason(s) I think mind/body exercises work so well for clients are the inward focus, curiosity, novelty, and play that's involved in their practice(s). The practice of choice can be tai chi, yoga, Feldenkrais, Hanna Somatics, etc. Bottom line: If your brain is engaged in your exercise/preferred activity, [...]
Everyone who has even thought about exercising has heard the warnings about lactic acid. It builds up in your muscles. It is what makes your muscles burn. Its buildup is what makes your muscles tire and give out. Coaches and personal trainers tell athletes and exercisers that they have to learn to work out at [...]
Our posture both reflects and creates how we feel and how we live, so obviously good posture is so important! When it's not so good, we often feel more sluggish and weak, but when it's good, we feel great! We have lots of energy, and we're strong enough to do anything we want. Since our [...]