It’s so typical of our culture to say “In case something bad could happen, or because someone complained we’ve decided to BAN __[insert normal, natural human thing here]__ altogether”. You know, I’m surprised they haven’t banned walking. I mean, the potential of falling over and hurting yourself whilst locomoting is really scary. It’s such a high-risk activity. I would even say a higher risk than touching other people.
Yes. This is a rant. But a well-informed rant. There are also actionable items. So listen up.
Inflammation gets a really bad rap these days. It’s become the “buzzword” for marketers, supplement developers and our yoga community. The most unfortunate thing is it’s pretty much exclusively described as the bad guy. And that’s really not the truth. [Read more…]
“Massage is the oldest form of medicine known to humans” ~ Unknown.
Massage can help us in so many ways when it comes to the process of cancer treatment and recovery. There are numerous psychological and emotional benefits to being touched and cared for physically, when you’re going through such a grueling and isolating condition.[Read more…]
It is unfortunate that many still fear massage and touch because they believe it to be contraindicated for cancer patients. Misunderstanding, poor education and the aggressive therapist have led to this perspective pervading modern culture. The truth is, massage and compassionate touch have a very important role in cancer recovery. [Read more…]
“Belly Breath” is a common focus in many yoga classes. The reason this happens is because there are so many people who breathe shallowly into their ribcage only, and in an effort to improve breathing capacity, mostly teachers coach the belly breath to be the focus. But like most things, we’ve gone to the other end of the spectrum now. Too far left, then too far right. Classic humans. [Read more…]
You might also be thinking that this title is merely “click bait”, but actually it’s not. It’s legit. There are truthfully five (5) muscles that comprise the quadriceps femoris group. What’s even funnier than the fact that the name is no longer accurate, is that this “new” quadriceps muscle has been described in studies of human anatomy at least since 1987. (referenced in this study on page 238). [Read more…]
Thai Massage has numerous health benefits – some of which have been explored scientifically, others are yet to be explored through the lens of empirical study. One such area of study that has begun is looking into the effects Thai Massage has on bone health. Specifically, the majority of studies examine its effect on postmenopausal women, for obvious reasons. [Read more…]
Athletic performance is something that has been studied rigorously in order to optimize, streamline, improve and essentially win. We’ve developed new training methods to boost the ability of the body and we’ve developed technologies that push the boundaries of what the body can do. [Read more…]
I don’t know about you guys, but I sit at a desk waaaaay too much and so my neck is one of the first places I collect tension in my body. In my practice I have observed that a vast majority of people also experience this tension. [Read more…]